The Stuart Hall Fellowship

The Stuart Hall Foundation and the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex invite applications for the Stuart Hall Fellowship annually.

The Stuart Hall Fellowship is hosted by the School of Media, Arts and Humanities and is open to practitioners and academics as well as artists in residence in all areas reflecting the varied interests of the Foundation, inter alia cultural studies, film and visual arts.

 The Stuart Hall Foundation is a charity, established in 2015, committed to public education, addressing urgent questions of race and inequality in culture and society through talks and events, and by building a network of Stuart Hall Foundation scholars, fellows and artists in residence. 

2024 Stuart Hall Fellow

Head and shoulders photo of Subira JoySubira Joy is a Black, trans, queer spoken-word performer, writer and activist, based in Sussex. Their work weaves together the personal and political, through experiences and imaginations, spoken with rage, softness, and laughter.

Subira is an interdisciplinary theatre maker interested in the role of art in activism and social change whose work ranges from spoken word, to performance art, dance, playwriting, drag and cabaret. 

Learn more about Subira's projects on their Stuart Hall Foundation profile page.

Photo: Jamie Boyt

Past Fellows have included multi-disciplinary creative and activist Erin James; multi-media artist, activist and curator Susuana Amoah; photographer and Turner prize nominee Ingrid Pollard; and investigative journalist Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi.

The University supports the Stuart Hall MA Scholarship. This is granted to one student in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities each year for a period of three years. Past recipients include Luiza PaivaMarie Hasselberg and Andrew O'Connor. The University also supports the Stuart Hall Foundation PGR Studentship.

The Stuart Hall Fellowship Open Call

The Stuart Hall Fellowship open call for 2024 closed on 29 September 2023. The successful applicant was contacted by 30 October 2023. 

Details of the next open call will be posted here in due course. See below for details of previous calls:

Duration of the Fellowship: The Fellowship runs during the spring term. 

Funding Award: The School has a £5,000 budget in total (£4,000 honorarium for the Fellow and £1,000 for travel and other event-related expenses)

Expectations of the Fellow:

  • to help devise and participate in a showcase event e.g. panel discussion, screening or symposium (as appropriate to their practice) for the University’s Festival of Ideas programme as part of the annual Brighton Festival taking place in May.
  • to provide a masterclass or participatory workshop for students, staff, and/or local communities in Sussex.
  • to produce an output such as an article or other written work, short film, art piece, animation, performance, which could provide some legacy of the collaboration and could be disseminated publicly.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for this fellowship, you should be a Black emerging or early-career creative or cultural activist with established networks primarily within the Greater Brighton City Region.

Preference will be given to applicants from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds who have had limited access to higher education or other research institutions.

How to apply: Applications to the Fellowship require a CV or portfolio and a one-page proposal (maximum of 1,000 words) on how you might use the Fellowship. Further details and where to send your application will be shared when the next call opens.