Applications are now open for ‘The Richie Hawtin PhD Scholarship In Electronic Music, Cultures and Production.’

DJ and techno icon Richie Hawtin, aka Pasktiman, has just announced he will be offering a scholarship at the Unversity of Huddersfield.

Applications for the scholarship, titled ‘The Richie Hawtin PhD Scholarship In Electronic Music, Cultures and Production’ will be open from now until the 10th of February, with the course set to begin in September 2023. The successful applicant will be chosen by the university in conjunction with Richie, who will also offer tuition to the student throughout their time on the course.

What the University of Huddersfield Says

Professor Rupert Till, an acclaimed musician under the name Professor Chill and head of the university’s Department of Music and Design Arts says:

“There is huge scope for research within this PhD…” “It could be anything within music such as electronic music, dance music, club music, DJ culture, or even around composition or analysis…” ”Richie has set up his own labels; technology companies; an investment fund; a sake brand; has run a residency in Ibiza; and written many genre-defining albums. This is a wonderful opportunity to tap into his knowledge and experience.”

Richie has a long-standing relationship with the university that dates back over a decade when he himself was the subject of a PhD He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate and frequently visits to teach masterclasses and have one-on-one sessions with students offering advice on their music.

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A Word From Richie Hawtin

Speaking about the PhD Scholarship, Richie Hawtin comments:

“I’m honored to continue my relationship with the University of Huddersfield and participate in their PhD Scholarship program. My hope is to offer my experience and insight into the many areas of Techno culture which I’ve been involved in over the past thirty years. To assist in a student’s exploration of the past and inner workings of our industry and help them offer new critical analysis from a contemporary perspective.”

About the University of Huddersfield

The university boasts impressive facilities, including more than 20 different production and recording studios, all equipped with top-of-the-line software and plug-ins. There is also an enviable collection of high-spec microphones and recording equipment. The Univesity’s music department ranks 5th in the UK for music research and is ranked 25th in the QS World University Rankings for the subject.

Although usually a successful candidate would be expected to complete their studies in Huddersfield, the university also offers a distance learning PhD Route. For students not at the PhD level the university also offers courses at the degree and masters level in creative music production.

The successful candidate will join the Popular Music Studies Research Group (PMSRG), a hub for practice-based, practice-led, and text-based research around popular music. It has hosted an extensive list of international research events including the Ambient @ 40 symposium in 2018 and the industry-focused Creative Sampling, Sound Design, and Artificial Intelligence in Mixing Day in 2022.

What the successful candidate can expect

  • Full waiver of tuition fees
  • A three-year, full-time PhD program beginning in September 2023
  • Automatic consideration 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)
  • Supervision from internationally renowned staff, including, for appropriate research projects, some tutorial support from Richie Hawtin
  • Opportunities for creative production work, collaborative projects, publication, and 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

Full details and additional information can be found on the University of Huddersfield’s website. To apply for ‘The Richie Hawtin PhD Scholarship In Electronic Music, Cultures and Production’ visit the application page.

Want more? Check out our Spastik style Beat Dissected if you would like to learn how Richie Hawtin makes his drums.

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