3D3 CDT National Productivity Investment Fund: Creative Economy Engagement Fellowships


Following our successful bid for the 12 NPIF PhD studentships, which were launched this autumn, we are delighted to have been awarded funding for 6 Creative Economy Engagement Fellowships under the next phase of the scheme. These fellowships are open to post-doctoral students who comply with the AHRC’s definition of an Early Career Researcher, found here. These fellowships present a significant opportunity for the 3D3 consortium to extend and deepen its existing engagements with the creative and digital economy to create the potential for substantial and sustainable economic growth and productivity. The CEE Fellowships address several core themes of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, combining a focus on sectoral needs in the health, tourism and heritage industries with enquiries into the uses of emergent immersive technologies, the key issue of attention and engagement in the digital economy, and the productive role of freelancers. They reflect our commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary ways of working, fusing artistic and creative practices with computer and coding skills. They are designed to strengthen 3D3’s relationships with its existing creative economy partners and to forge new ones. The partners named have guaranteed appropriate training and access to facilities and are fully committed to the scheme objectives. Each fellowship will be based within one of 3D3’s established international research centres, which have extensive successful track records of partnerships with a range of organisations and industrial firms. The fellows will be mentored by senior academics within those centres and enjoy the stimulus and support of a community of researchers, including this cohort and a number of existing postdoctoral fellows with a shared commitment to collaborative working.


Please see below for a full list of available NPIF Fellowships.


Alongside the NPIF PhD studentships, these CEE Fellows will contribute to our overarching conception of a Design Futures Lab (DFL), designed to enable arts-based students from a range of backgrounds to work effectively with industry partners across the creative and digital economy. The DFL will work across 3D3’s research centres and access emergent facilities in the region, including the Bristol VR Lab; the Network for Creative Enterprise, which offers business support to enable individuals and small companies to create economically sustainable businesses; Future Space, which supports businesses working in high-tech areas such as robotics, digital and creative technologies, health tech and biosciences; and Launch Space, which provides free desk space and research and development support for graduate start-up businesses. Plymouth’s Immersive Vision Theatre and Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems, and Falmouth’s Centres in Design Thinking, Digital Economy and Creative Connected Communities all form part of this expanding network of incubation spaces that promote 3D3’s engagement with the creative and digital economy.


The Fellows will thus be situated within a dynamic, collaborative community that is engaging with the creative and digital economy in a variety of innovative ways. This will enable them to share ideas, access suitable mentors and acquire a broad knowledge base, contacts and skill-set to enable them to develop their academic careers.


Fellowships will be paid between £32,644 and £38,947 pro-rata, depending on experience.  We are also particularly interested in receiving applications from recent doctoral graduates and candidates who wish to undertake the fellowship part-time, over one year.


Eligibility for NPIF Fellowships 


  • 3D3 NPIF fellowships are only open to UK and EU applicants who propose to undertake Creative Economy Engagement in (or across) named research units at Falmouth UniversityPlymouth University or UWE Bristol.
  • You may apply to study either full-time or part-time.
  • Successful applicants must have achieved a PhD in a relevant area and demonstrate their aptitude for the specific fellowship to which they are applying.
  • Applicants require a recognised English language qualification. The minimum entry requirement is GCSE English at grade C or above or IELTS score 7.0 or TOEFL score 600 (or demonstrable equivalent).
  • Awards may not be deferred and must begin on January 1st 2018.


NPIF Fellowship Selection Criteria


The following criteria will be taken into account when awarding 3D3 NPIF Fellowships. 

  • The strength of your academic profile, as demonstrated through previous study and/or a body of practice.
  • The quality, invention and viability of your fellowship proposal.
  • The match of your research proposal to the profile, mentoring expertise, resources and environment of the 3D3 consortium in general and the proposed institution and research unit, in particular.





Enquiries should be directed to the institutional contact where your desired Fellowship is based. Please check out the 3D3 contact page for details.


Key Dates


Application Deadline: 5pm, 16th November 2017

Notification of Shortlisted Candidates: 23rd November 2017

Interviews: 30th November 2017

Start Date: 1st January 2018


Please note that all interviews will be held at the University of Plymouth.


Available NPIF Fellowships


1. Technologies for the Creative Industries: Fellowships in Virtual, Augmented and Extended Reality

Base: UWE Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC)

Mentors: Prof Jen Stein and Assoc. Prof Mandy Rose.

Partners: Bristol VR Lab (BVRL), Pervasive Media Studio

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2. Towards a Science of Heritage

Base: Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research

Mentors: Profs James Daybell and Eduardo Miranda

Partner: Victoria & Albert Museum

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3. Immersive Environments and Serious Play: New Initiatives for Patient-Practitioner Interaction

Base: Plymouth University, Arts Institute Plymouth

Mentors: Dr Joanne ‘Bob’ Whalley and Dr Sam Regan de Bere

Partner: Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNHST)

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4. Realistic Physical Model for Simulated Medical Training in Abdominal Surgery

Base: UWE Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR)

Mentors: Dr Peter Walters, David Huson

Partner: Bristol Medical Simulation Centre

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5. Tactile Maps for a Legible Bristol 

Base: UWE Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR)

Mentor: Prof Carinna Parraman

Partners: Bristol Legible City Project/Bristol-Based CityID

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6. Using Burgeoning Digital Technologies to Generate Engagement with the Ecological Impact of Festival Sites

Base: Falmouth University, Creative Connected Communities

Mentors: Dr Niamh Downing and Dr David Prior

Partner: National Trust

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7. Fusing Physical and Digital: Using Augmented Reality (AR) to Enrich Location-based Heritage Experiences

Base: Falmouth University, Creative Connected Communities

Mentors: Erik Geelhoed and Dr David Prior

Partners: BBC R&D and Visit Cornwall

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8. Attention and Engagement in Digital Media Production

Base: UWE Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC)

Mentors: Profs Jon Dovey and Andrew Spicer.

Partners: A range of Bristol-based partners

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9. The Role of Freelance Labour in a Creative Cluster

Base: UWE Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC)

Mentors: Professor Andrew Spicer and Dr Steve Presence

Partners: Royal Television Society West, Creative England, Creative Skillset, Bristol Media

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