PhD Scholarship: Cork Opera House, Social & Historical Perspectives

Application deadline: 30 April 2018

Terms: Fee waiver & stipend of €10,000 p.a. for three years (full-time, beginning Sept 2018 or Jan 2019)

To mark the beginning of a 10-year collaboration between University College Cork and Cork Opera House, we are delighted to announce a PhD scholarship dedicated to the social and historical study of Cork Opera House. Cork Opera House has been a beloved part of Cork’s cultural landscape since 1855. Although it has undergone various transformations in the last 163 years, the Opera House remains a vibrant centre for community engagement through theatre, music, opera, dance and art.

We welcome PhD project proposals from creative and thoughtful musicologists, ethnomusicologists, theatre or dance scholars, historians, or scholars in related fields that focus on some aspect of the Cork Opera House’s history and the role it has played in the Cork community from the nineteenth century to present. We especially encourage applicants to think about how they might make creative use of the wealth of archival materials on the Opera House in the Cork City and County Archives.


Those interested should submit a 1500-word project proposal that includes:

1) The project’s aims and central research questions; 2) Your justification for the project and how it connects to the socio-historical study of Cork Opera House; 3) The methodologies you plan to use; and 4) A project timeline. Please send your proposals, along with your CV and two letters of recommendation to Aoife Murphy (Aoife.Murphy -at- by 30 April 2018. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Jillian Rogers and registered in UCC’s Department of Music.


For additional information, please visit UCC’s School of Music and Theatre website (, or contact Dr. Jillian Rogers ( -at- or Professor Jools Gilson (jgilson -at- with specific inquiries.


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