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The University of Westminster invites applications for a full-time three-year AHRC-funded PhD studentship exploring Definitions of Childhood in the Arab World and their Implications for Screen-Based Media, starting in January 2013 within the University’s Arab Media Centre.

Three years, full time £16,000 annual stipend plus fee waiver.

The PhD is linked to a three year AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) study on Orientations in the Development of Pan-Arab Television by Children, led by Professor Naomi Sakr, Professor Jeanette Steemers, and Dr. Tarik Sabry, which starts in January 2013. As part of their studies the doctoral student will be expected to provide some assistance to the research team on tasks that relate directly to the student’s research topic (including literature reviews, document summaries, television programme analysis and the transcription and analysis of research data).

Successful candidates must be able to read and speak Arabic to a competent level. We particularly welcome candidates with a strong interest in children’s media or media industries more generally, but are also interested in candidates who are knowledgeable about Arab history, politics and culture.

The PhD will be suitable for candidates with a good first degree in the social sciences or arts and humanities (2.1 or better). Candidates would normally be expected to have a Masters degree in a related area, with experience in research methods at that level, but we will also consider
candidates with an excellent first degree.

To be eligible candidates must have a relevant connection with the UK, normally consisting of a minimum of three years UK residence for purposes other than education.

The studentship will be located within the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster – the UK’s number one research group in media and communication as rated by the UK Government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake some teaching duties.

Prospective candidates wishing to informally discuss an application should contact Professor Naomi Sakr,

For application details go to

This studentship is funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). For further information, please visit

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday, 5 October 2012.

AHRC Research Studentship – Children’s Media in the Arab World