Two AHRC-funded PhD Studentships at the University of Cambridge are available for full-time
doctoral research starting in October 2010 within the AHRC Research Centre for Musical
Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP).

AHRC-funded PhD Studentships are available for two full-time doctoral research students at the
Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge as part of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical
Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP). The Centre features five large-scale research
projects with associated workshops. A Performance Studies Network will enable collaborative
research between scholars and performers from around the world, and Visiting Fellowships will
be awarded along with these doctoral studentships. Both students will be supervised by
Professors John Rink ( and Nicholas Cook

Doctoral Student 1 will conduct research and write a thesis on Distributed Creativity in the
Production of Classical Music Recordings. One of the aims of this project is to document the
role of the producer in 'art' music recordings and to develop approaches to the analysis and
critical evaluation of the producer as creative practitioner. An indicative description of the
project can be found at

Doctoral Student 2 will conduct research and write a thesis on Distributed Creativity in
Popular Music, which will be studied from a number of complementary perspectives. See for an indicative description of this project.

Both research projects will have four main strands: 1) observational; 2) ethnographic; 3)
oral-historical; and 4) analytical, ideally involving a range of released and unreleased
recorded materials.

The two doctoral students will enrol at the University of Cambridge and begin their studies on
1 October 2010. They will be expected to complete their research by September 2013 and to
submit their theses by no later than 30 September 2014.

The eligibility criteria for these studentships are comparable to those described in the AHRC's
Guide to Student Eligibility
( In
brief, applicants must normally have already completed a Master's degree in Music or an
associated subject; furthermore, only UK or European Union applicants and those meeting the
special eligibility criteria set out in the AHRC's Guide will be considered for these awards.

Studentships will be awarded on either a full (maintenance + fees) or fees-only basis, in
accordance with the criteria stipulated in the AHRC's Guide. Current maintenance and fee rates
are published on the AHRC's website

Applications (consisting of a downloaded or online application form, a 1,000-word research
proposal, writing samples, transcripts and references) are due by 31 March 2010 and must be
submitted directly to the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge according to the
procedures described at See for details of graduate study in the Faculty of Music
at Cambridge. Information about and advice on the application process can be obtained from Mrs
Jenny Mallindine (Graduate Secretary) at [log in to unmask] More general information is available

If you would like further information about these studentships or about the AHRC Research
Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, please contact Professor John Rink (CMPCP
Director) at [log in to unmask] or Professor Nicholas Cook (Associate Director) at
[log in to unmask] CMPCP's website is at

In addition to these two AHRC-funded studentships, a third award will be available at King's
College London for doctoral study in the area of music psychology and/or computer
visualisation, in association with Professor Daniel Leech-Wilkinson's project, 'Shaping Music
in Performance'. Different eligibility criteria and application procedures are relevant to this
award, which is funded by King's College London. For further information visit the project
website at or contact Professor Leech-Wilkinson
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pp Professor John Rink
Faculty of Music
University of Cambridge
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