One of the top-rated departments in the UK for research One of the top-rated departments in the UK for research

The interdisciplinary American Studies programme at UEA enjoys an international reputation. American Studies has come 5th in the UK with 74% of its research rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) in The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Within the Area Studies Unit of Assessment we were the highest rated for American Studies. We invariably receive the highest ratings for student satisfaction. Our research areas encompass American studies, American literature and American history, with a focus on interdisciplinarity.

Research degrees

We welcome applications for research degrees at three levels: Masters by Research, MPhil and PhD. Studying for a PhD involves undertaking an original research project on a topic based on a research proposal from you, and producing a book-length thesis of up to 100,000 words. Students usually start in October, but it is possible to enroll at other times during the year.

Research and supervision

We have particular strengths in autobiography and biography; the historical and literary constructions of race, gender, sexuality and age as markers of differencematerial cultureland, space and place in the American environmentpost-colonialismand visual culture. Please contact our Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Becky Fraser, for further information concerning specific expertise.

Resources and research culture

Our research base, the Arthur Miller Centre, promotes the study of American Studies throughout Europe and sponsors an annual prize for the best article published by a British scholar of American Studies. The Centre organises an annual International Literary Festival that brings major writers from around the world to UEA, including Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Richard Ford, Toni Morrison, Stephen Fry, Germaine Greer, Seamus Heaney, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith and Jay McInerney.

We have a vibrant research community of scholars from the UK, USA and other countries, which regularly brings faculty and students together for seminars and social events. We also have long-established links to over 40 universities in the USA. Our research seminars allow visiting speakers and American Studies staff to present papers based on their research and provide a forum in which staff and Postgraduate students with varying perspectives on American Studies can come together. Research students are encouraged to present papers at a suitable point in their Postgraduate studies.

PhD Programme 2016

The School of Art, Media and American Studies (AMA) at the University of East Anglia is inviting applications to our PhD programme. The School holds a wealth of expertise in Art History and World Art Studies; Film, Television, and Media; and American Studies. You may wish to consult our list of staff and their research interests for guidance on possible supervisory expertise.
 
There are a large number of funding opportunities available for AMA PhD applicants.
 
The University of East Anglia is part of the AHRC consortium CHASE (Consortium for the Arts and Humanities in South East England) which offers around 75 fully funded (tuition and maintenance grant) studentships per year to PhD students across the consortium.
 
Additionally, there are fully funded Scholarships (equivalent to AHRC rates for both tuition and maintenance) offered by the University, the Faculty and the School (for the school studentships, see below).
 
With the exception of the School studentships funding is open to any area of research, although our particular strengths are in the following areas:
  • American Studies 
  • Race, gender, Sexuality and Civil Liberties 
  • Environment, Space and Place
  • Popular and Avant-Garde Cultures 
  • Transatlantic and Transpecific Studies
It is important that prospective applicants contact the School as a matter of urgency to start the application process, preferably no later than the end of November to ensure that you work with potential supervisors on developing your proposal prior to application.
 
The deadline for applications (including all supporting information such as references) is Wednesday 13th January 2016.
 
If you are interested in applying for a PhD in American Studies at UEA, please contact the School’s Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Rebecca Fraser email becky.fraser@uea.ac.uk, or contact a prospective supervisor directly but copying Dr Fraser into the email.
    
More information and details of how to apply can be found at on our website.  
 
Alternatively, please contact the Humanities Graduate School at: humgrad.school@uea.ac.uk .
 
This year (entrance in Oct 2016) the School is offering two fully-funded studentships in two specific subject areas:
Native American Studies
Environment, Space and Place
 

Enquiries and how to apply

If you are interested in applying for a PhD in American Studies at UEA, please contact the School’s Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Rebecca Fraser email becky.fraser@uea.ac.uk, or contact a prospective supervisor directly but copying Dr Fraser into the email.

For admissions enquiries and general information contact the Graduate School Office:
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591709
Email: pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk.

How to apply
Studentships