3D3 National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) Studentships

The 3D3 consortium is pleased to offer an opportunity for two NPIF studentships as part of its research and skills training in new and emerging digital technologies in the creative industries. The studentships are supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s National Productivity Investment Funding stream, which is aimed at training excellent researchers in interdisciplinary methodologies for digital innovation in ways that will enable them to meet the creative and design challenges of the future.


The focus of the research studentships is on novel applications of digital technologies in creative contexts and the attendant implications for audiences, end users, and participant groups.  All projects will align with the UK’s industrial strategy and sector deal with the creative industries, as NPIF funding is designed to develop a larger and more diverse intake of talent for the creative industries of the future.  These studentships will foster innovative approaches to practice-based research in digital art, media and design as part of that strategy.


The studentships are due to commence in October 2018 and either full time (three years) or part time (five years) routes are possible. All students will be formally registered at the university in which the project is located, and will be attached to one of our Research Units, which all provide thriving intellectual communities of researchers.


If possible, you are advised to discuss your project and a potential non-academic partner who may be in a position to support the research with the relevant research unit director at each university, prior to sending in your application, see http://3d3research.co.uk/information/3d3-institutions-research-units/. In addition to the range of research areas we support, we encourage applications in the area of AI and Data Driven Research in areas relevant to the work of the research units.


We expect research students to take a full and active role in the 3D3 doctoral consortium including taking part in regular seminars, workshops, research training events and peer-led initiatives.


For general information on how to apply for a PhD, with links to relevant downloads, please visit our page on: Applying for a PhD Studentship


Key Dates


Application Deadline: 13 July 2018


Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on  19 July 2018 at Plymouth University.