Siparju: Scholarship in research on history of theatre in Malta



Siparju: Teatru Malta Ph.D. scholarship in research on history of theatre in Malta

Applications are invited for a scholarship for a Ph.D. student to work on a project to study theatre in Malta through a historical perspective. The scholarship is funded by Teatru Malta, the national theatre company of Malta, and subsidized by the University of Malta. The project is coordinated by the Department of Theatre Studies of the School of Performing Arts under the supervision of Professor Vicki Ann Cremona and Dr Marco Galea.

Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s degree in Theatre Studies or a related discipline, and have an excellent knowledge of both Maltese and English, and shall be eligible for Ph.D. studies at the University of Malta in terms of the applicable regulations and bye-laws. Familiarity with local archives and with different documentation and data gathering methods used in the performing arts will be considered assets.

The selected candidate is expected to enrol in the University of Malta’s Ph.D. programme and conduct research on theatre history in Malta. The award is for a maximum of three years of full-time or six years of part-time studies and can be taken up as soon as Senate approves the Ph.D. application based on the recommendations received by the School of Performing Arts Board and the Doctoral Academic Committee.

The selected candidate is expected to assist the department in its historical research on Maltese theatre in any way that is deemed necessary by the supervisors. The department’s research is aimed towards producing a comprehensive history of theatre in Malta as well as throw light on its different aspects. The objective of this project is to contribute greatly to this aim.

This scholarship shall provide a basic maintenance allowance of EUR 10,000 per annum for the duration of the Ph.D. studies (maximum of three years full-time or six years part-time). The University of Malta is also waiving its tuition fees (if the chosen candidate is studying part-time) or enrolment fees (if the chosen candidate is studying full-time). The scholarship will not provide the maintenance allowance during any suspension of studies and/or extension of studies.

Applicants should submit their letter of application by not later than 30 November 2021 by email to together with a copy of their curriculum vitae, and a scanned copy of their certificates. The scholarship is intended to support students who have clear goals for their future and applicants are expected to explain how they believe doctoral research will allow them to shape their plans after graduation. Applicants are expected to declare any special attributes and accomplishments that they think make them deserving of the scholarship. Late applications will not be considered.

The selection procedure will involve:

a. scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application);
b. shortlisting; and
c. an interview and/or extended interview.

This selection panel will make the final decision on successful candidates based on academic excellence and research potential.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Dr Marco Galea (

Terms and conditions
The award may not be held concurrently with another major award for the same purpose unless with prior permission of the Doctoral School.
The award holder may be engaged in paid employment during the tenure of the award if they are registered as part-time students. If they are reading for the Ph.D. full-time, paid employment cannot exceed 19 hours per week.
The award holder will be required to provide progress reports on an annual basis (normally in June) to the Doctoral School and as required by University regulations and procedures. At the end of tenure a final report must be submitted covering what has been achieved.
The Doctoral School requests that the award holder acknowledges the assistance of Teatru Malta and the University of Malta in any publications arising wholly or partially from the award.