Richie Hawtin & The University of Huddersfield Launch PhD Scholarship

The iconic techno artists and UK based learning institution have partnered to help one lucky student study music.

Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman is an iconic techno artist who is accredited with creating the minimal genre.

The University features more than 20 different recording and production studios, all equipped with top-of-the-line hardware, software and plug-ins, and there is an impressive collection of industry-leading microphones and recording equipment. It’s music department is ranked 5th in the UK for music research and is ranked 25th in the QS World University Subject Rankings. Although the successful candidate would usually be expected to be based in Huddersfield, the University also has a distance learning PhD route. It also offers degree and masters courses in creative music production.

The successful candidate will work within the Popular Music Studies Research Group (PMSRG), which is part of the Centre for Research in Music and its Technologies (CRMT). The PMSRG is a hub for practice-based, practice-led and text-based research around popular music. It has hosted a string of international research events including the Ambient @ 40 symposium in 2018 and the industry-focused Creative Sampling, Sound Design, Artificial Intelligence in Mixing Day in 2022.

The successful candidate can expect:

  • Full waiver of tuition fees.
  • Automatic consideration, for appropriate research projects, for the Creative Music Production Scholarship and/or the Nitin Sawhney Scholarship in Popular Music (both of which provide an annual stipend of £17,668 in addition to a fee-waiver).
  • Full-time PhD study for three years beginning in September 2023.
  • Supervision from internationally renowned staff, including, if appropriate to the subject of the research project, some tutorial support from Richie Hawtin.
  • Opportunities for creative production work, collaborative projects, publication, and the expectation to gain teaching experience.
  • Access to the Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme (TAPP), which can lead to the qualification of Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
  • Access to additional financial support through the Postgraduate Support Fund of the School of Arts and Humanities.
  • If not successful, consideration for a partial fee-waiver or full-fee study.

Applications should be accompanied by a proposal outlining the project, samples of written work, examples of creative production work or other products relevant to the scope of the scholarship. Please indicate clearly on the online application form that you are applying for The Richie Hawtin PhD Scholarship in Electronic Music, Cultures and Production.

This announcement signals the next phase in Richie Hawtin’s dedication to music education. Also unveiled last week, he announced his forthcoming U.S tour. The From Our Minds – To Be Announced 2023 tour is the next evolutionary step in Richie Hawtin’s lifelong commitment to support the development of the electronic music scene. On March 10th, this unique eight-date tour will begin in the birthplace of techno, Detroit, before rolling out to a series of North American warehouses. With a mission to develop and increase awareness of the younger generation, the tour showcases a diverse group of North American underground artists moving the ideals of ‘90s techno forward in their own unique ways. The From Our Minds – To Be Announced 2023 tour sees him return to the U.S after hitting the road in 2012 and 2015 as part of the U.S CNTRL Tours, where Richie hosted lectures and workshops on techno by day, and experiential learning sessions on the dancefloor of each venue by night.

The closing date for scholarship applications is 10th February 2023, and you can find more details HERE.


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