Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Film Studies – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Film Studies – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

May 17, 2021



A fully funded PhD scholarship in Film Studies is available under the cooperation between the Pan-Atlantic University [Lagos, Nigeria] and Goethe Universität, Frankfurt. The scholarship is offered within the framework of the interdisciplinary research project, Cultural Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation in Africa and Asia [CEDITRAA], which is funded by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung.

The scholarship is tenable at the School of Media and Communication [SMC] Pan-Atlantic University [PAU], Ibeju Lekki; with research opportunities at the School’s Nollywood Study Centre.


Aim/objectives of the scholarship

The aim/objectives of the scholarship are contextualized within the over-all aim/objectives of PhD studies at the Pan-Atlantic University—i.e. ‘To contribute more fully to the cultural and creative industries through the dialectical process of interfacing conceptual/theoretical knowledge with practical experience where academic and industry-focused approaches to learning converge.’

Within this general context, the scholarship will specifically seek to contribute to and expand the sustainable framework that interrogates the inter-related issues of how Nollywood responds to the vectors of creativity, economics, ethics and technology; how Nollywood creates value, distributes value and earns value; and how Nollywood is integrating into the knowledge economy. In particular, the scholarship will seek to contextualize Nollywood’s practice of virtual reality against perceived international best practices.


Scope of the scholarship

The scholarship is for a period of three years; and is fully funded, with provisions for:

Tuition FeesNairaEuro
First Year2,742,828.026,064.39
Second Year1,001,313.422,213.90
Third Year861,548.711,904.88
Project Defense350,000773.85


Estimated living costs per annumNairaEuro
Accommodation on campus900,0001,989.9
Books and sundry research materials100,000221.1


Estimated cost of international student exchange tripNairaEuro
Flight ticket550,0001,217.15
Accommodation and feeding197,361.23436.78



PhD programme timeline

  1. 2 semesters of course work
  2. ½ semester international trip
  3. 1 semester field work; and
  4. 2 semesters of thesis writing.



Applicants should be Nigerians who hold any of the following qualifications:

  1. MA/MSc. Media and Communication or Mass Communication or Theatre Arts or Film or any related field with a CGPA of 4.0 out of 5, 5.0 out of 7 or 60% overall graded point.OR
  2. Other masters degrees such as an MA, MBA, M.Ed. in communication-related arts/humanities and social or physical sciences with a CGPA of 5.0 out of 7, 3.0 out of 4 or 60% overall graded point.


  • MPhil with a 60% average.



Application timeline

  • Applications open: 20th May, 2021.
  • Applications close: 20th June, 2021.


Application package

A signed and current CV in Times New Roman,  12 points [detailing the following: full name; contact details [permanent address , e-mail, phone number] date & place of birth; sex; marital status; schools attended, with dates; qualifications obtained, with dates; publications, with dates; film projects, with dates and roles; working experience, with dates; names and address of two referees].

The following documents should be attached to the CV:

  1. Proof of nationality [national ID card/information page of international passport]
  2. Bio-essay/intellectual biography [not exceeding 500 words] referencing key signposts on your life’s journey: where you are coming from, where you are and where you are headed.
  3. Two letters of academic and character reference
  4. Evidence of qualification [transcripts, official letters of notification of results, certificates]
  5. Evidence of journal publication and chapter in a book [not exceeding 25 pages for each]
  6. Evidence of MA/MSc thesis
  7. A proposal on a thesis topic [not more than 15 pages; the title should not exceed 15 words] and an abstract [not exceeding 150 words] based on the aim/objectives of the scholarship as detailed in this advert.

Please note: the documents should be packaged into the following FIVE scanned pdf attachments and attached to the CV in this order:

  1. Proof of nationality and bio-essay/intellectual biography
  2. Letters of reference
  3. Evidence of qualification
  4. Evidence of publication and MA/MSc thesis
  5. Proposal and abstract.

CV and accompanying documents should be sent to:



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