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At the heart of English folk

EFDSS partnership with Roehampton University’s Department of Dance on new PhD scholarship

We are delighted to be partnering on an exciting new dance PhD scholarship with the Department of Dance at Roehampton University.

Using oral history and ethnographic methodologies, the project explores the revival of British folk dance through its various stages during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It takes note of the most recent resurgence of interest, fuelled by a return to traditional folk music in the 1990s, as well as films and documentaries charting the revival of dance forms. The PhD research will contribute to the continued development of EFDSS’ Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and its archive collections.

“Dance is an often under-researched yet a thriving and significant aspect of our cultural heritage in Britain. This scholarship to research the many forms and practices of dance within the second folk revival is a great opportunity to expand the field. The Society, its Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and the Centre for Dance Research at Roehampton are natural partners to carry this forwards.” 

Theresa Buckland, Professor of Dance History and Ethnography, Roehampton University  


“The English Folk Dance and Song Society are delighted to be involved in this exciting development in dance research. It is a significant step for the field, one which we are confident will provide important work and discussion, as well as more recognition for folk dance in higher education.”

Katy Spicer, EFDSS Chief Executive

Funding is available for UK/EU and International* students at Home/EU rates (tuition fee waiver at £4,052 and stipend at £16,057 for 2015/16) for three years full-time study (or part time equivalent for five years) as part of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships.

In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the Department of Dance at Roehampton was ranked number 1 in the UK for dance research. The fully funded PhD studentships allows students to work with internationally recognised scholars and practitioners on subjects of contemporary relevance, and engage with the largest doctoral dance community in the world.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 5 May.

To apply, or for more information please visit the Roehampton website here, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


*International recipients of VC Scholarships will only be covered to Home/EU rates, and be expected to make up the difference between Home/EU and International tuition fee rates. Current levels can be found on the University’s Finance Pages.





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