Call for submissions CFPs Postgraduate Scholarships

Essay prize: The Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize (deadline 31 Dec 2020)

To mark the foundation of the Aubrey Beardsley Society, a prize for the best short essay on any aspect of Beardsley’s work, life, and reception will be awarded to an outstanding emerging scholar. The Society aims to encourage new work that is intellectually adventurous and stylistically accomplished, and seeks submissions that highlight Beardsley’s relevance today.

• Postgraduate (MA, MPhil, PhD) and early career researchers who have not held a permanent academic post are invited to participate.
• The participants should join the Aubrey Beardsley Society (discounted
• Essays should be up to 2,500 words and formatted in accordance with the MHRA style.

The amount of the Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize is £500. Two runners-up will be awarded £100 each, and the three winning pieces will be published in the AB Blog. The Prize is supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund.

Please email your submission by 31 December 2020 to Dr Sasha Dovzhyk at

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T. S. Eliot International Summer School, 7–15 July: full bursaries available

Applications are encouraged for full fee-paying bursaries to attend the T.S. Eliot International Summer School (7–15 July). The deadline for bursary awards of £600 is 1 May.

The T.S. Eliot International Summer School welcomes to central London all with an interest in the life and work of this Bloomsbury-based poet, dramatist, and man of letters. It is hosted by the Institute of English Studies of the University of London, which facilitates study and research across the field of English Studies.

The Summer School brings together some of the most distinguished scholars of T.S. Eliot and modern literature. In recent years it has featured lecturers and poets such as: Simon Armitage, Jewel Spears Brooker, Robert Crawford, Denis Donoghue, Mark Ford, Lyndall Gordon, John Haffenden, Barbara Hardy, Seamus Heaney, Alan Jenkins, Hermione Lee, Gail McDonald, Paul Muldoon, Craig Raine, Robin Robertson and Sir Tom Stoppard. (View the 2018 list).

The Institute has an established interest in modernist literature, the subject of a number of its conferences and research seminar series, which are open to all, as are its established series of literary readings. It hosts a portfolio of research programmes and provides postgraduate teaching and training in this research environment.

Explore the 2018 Summer School Programme.

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ECR opportunity: postdoctoral fellowships at the Henry Moore Institute

Research program assistant Corinne Painter writes to say that the Henry Moore Institute,founded by the artist and his family in 1977 to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts, has a number of postdoctoral research fellowships and visiting research fellowships that are currently open for applications.

Details about the different research opportunities are here, and Corinne is happy to answer your questions via e-mail:

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PhD Scholarship: The Literature of the First World War, Liverpool Hope

A PhD scholarship is available for Autumn 2016 or January 2017 start at Liverpool Hope. 

Proposals are invited on the topic of The Literature of the First World War by July 31st.

About the award

Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship Award
Department: English
Research Supervisors: Dr Guy Cuthbertson and Dr William Blazek
Research Topic: The Literature of the First World War

This award will cover full tuition fees and a monthly maintenance grant each year for a maximum of three years of full-time doctoral study (subject to evidence of satisfactory progress and periodical review as deemed suitable by the supervisory team).

Successful candidates may also have the opportunity to support undergraduate teaching (no more than 6 hours per week) as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).

The project

The successful candidate will be supervised by Associate Professors Guy Cuthbertson and William Blazek, both of whom have published widely in the field of First World War literature.

They will consider proposals on any aspect of First World War literature, but their own research has been focused on the literature of Britain and the USA.

A focus on Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, the Georgians, Edwardian legacies, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, other American writers, or life-writing would be especially welcome.

Liverpool Hope has excellent library resources for the study of the First World War.

About the department

English at Liverpool Hope performed very well in REF 2014 with war writing highlighted as an area of strength. We are one of the top 30 universities in the country for English, based on the quality of our research publications.A third of the research outputs were rated as world-leading. In the category of “World-leading Research”, we came above the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bristol, Reading, Leeds, Keele and Lancaster, among others.

The official REF feedback stated that “[a] large proportion of the outputs were judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading. This included outputs from across all the main research themes included in the submission, with a particularly high proportion of outputs in editorial work, war writing, and gender studies producing significant innovation and important points of reference”.

Entry Criteria

Applicants applying for PhD should normally possess a Masters degree which matches the descriptor for a Level 7 qualification in the UK Framework of Higher Education Qualifications, and compromises:

EITHER a Masters Degree with Distinction from a UK University;

OR a Masters degree with Merit from a UK University, INCLUDING a Distinction grade for the Dissertation [or equivalent];

OR a Masters Degree from a UK University that does not offer awards with Merit, the Registrar having confirmed that the profile of marks awarded by that University satisfies or exceeds Liverpool Hope University’s requirements for the award of a Master’s Degree with Merit, AND that the Dissertation [or equivalent] was awarded a Distinction grade;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Please note: As the successful candidates will undertake a PhD through full-time study there will be an expectation for you not to take an external commitment or job during the duration of the PhD studies. The only work that the candidates will be permitted to undertake is the GTA role for providing teaching support.

How to apply

Applicants must apply via our online application system.  Please see the ‘Apply Now’ tab:

In the first instance, applicants must go through our ‘Expression of Interest Stage.’ This is normally reserved to general applications for candidates proposing the topic. Please enter the following statement in the expression of interest box: ‘Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship’ only. This will enable us to process your application quickly, and give you access to the full application, which must be submitted no later than 31 July 2016. Three references must be sent directly from your referees to prior to the deadline.

It is currently expected that, following the application deadline, interviews shall take place the week of 22 August 2016. Applicants are requested to reserve this period.

Please contact Guy Cuthbertson at if you would like to discuss a proposal.

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PhD Studentship: Avant-Garde Writing, Technology and the Everyday – Oxford Brookes

A PhD Studentship is available in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University, to begin in September 2016.

About the studentship

Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences starting on the 19th September 2016. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in ‘Avant-Garde Writing, Technology and the Everyday’.

The supervisory team will be led by Professor Alex Goody (Twentieth-Century Literature), with Dr Eric White (American Literature).

We are interested in proposals that examine the interactions between the avant-garde writers of modernism and its aftermath and the technological world of the twentieth century. The proposed research should aim to produce a new account of the relationship between the modernist ‘revolution of the word’ and the contingencies and externalities of living in a modern world radically reconfigured through technology (such as transport, inscription, information, communication, surveillance, prosthesis, augmentation and warfare).

A full project description will be provided in the application pack.

Stipend and fees

The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £14,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years.

Home/EU fees will be covered by the Department of English and Modern Languages for a maximum of three years.

About the department

As a successful applicant, you will be supported by an inter-disciplinary team and will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information on the Department of English and Modern Languages, visit


Applications are invited from Home/EU students only. We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date.

The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

Deadline and interview dates

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Wednesday 25th May 2016.

Interviews will be held on the week commencing: 20th June 2016

How to apply

To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact

Please specify which studentship you are applying for by quoting the following in the subject heading:  HSS015, Goody and White


International Joyce Foundation scholarships

The International Joyce Foundation is offering at least 6 scholarships worth $1,000 each to postgraduate and research students wishing to present at “Anniversary Joyce”, the XXV International James Joyce Symposium which will be held at the Institute of English Studies in London in June 2016. The deadline for applications is 15 February. Further details are available from the IJJF website at

For information about the Symposium, please visit