Postgraduate Scholarships Studentships

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.

Postgraduate Studentships

Funded PhD opportunity: Modernist Cultures and Theories of Affect and Intimacy

PhD studentship 2016 competition

Department of Humanities

Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne


Modernist Cultures and Theories of Affect and Intimacy

The modernist studies research group is part of the Institute of the Humanities and has played an important role in extending scholarship on modern literary and material culture. We invite proposals on any relevant area but are particularly interested in projects that consider the relation between modernist culture and theories of intimacy, affect and the emotions. This may involve an examination of canonical writing by figures such as Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Marianne Moore, T.S. Eliot or James Joyce or an exploration of less well-known modernists such as Djuna Barnes, Lorine Neidecker, Gertrude Stein and Hart Crane. Likewise, we welcome proposals that seek to explore the material cultures of modernism. More specifically, we are interested in projects that consider the relation between modern periodical culture and what has been described as the ‘intimate public sphere’.

The University of Northumbria has a large and lively postgraduate community in the Humanities. Our PhD students benefit from generous research space and resources in the recently expanded Glenamara Centre as well as the new Institute of the Humanities. PhD students develop a portfolio of skills and competencies through the Humanities Training Programme, the Teaching Shadowing Scheme, the annual PhD conference and the Graduate School’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme. In addition,students are provided with a research allowance for conference attendance and travel as well as funding to support the organisation and development of research networks, conferences and seminar series.

English, the international journal of literary studies from the English Association is edited by a team from within Northumbria University, and successful candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the editing process.  The journal sits within the new Institute of the Humanities, an initiative that brings together a range of disciplines to foster collaboration, innovation and cross-fertilisation.

Principal Supervisor

Dr Julie Taylor (


Dr Victoria Bazin (

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2016/17 this is £14,296 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,350 / International £13,000).

Eligibility and How to Apply

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Undergraduate qualification of at least 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters with distinction.
  • Appropriate IELTS score for international applicants whose first language is not English.


For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see


See also details on


Please ensure you quote the advert reference (RDF16/HUM/BAZIN) on your application form.

Deadline for applications: 18 March 2016

Interview date (if known): w/c 2 May 2016

Start Date: 3 October 2016


PhD scholarship, EMMA, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France (2016-2019)

Applications are invited for this three-year Doctoral Award, slated to commence on 1 October 2016. The deadline for application is June 1, 2016.

Proposed research topic:

The ‘humble’ in 20th-to 21st-Century British Literature and Arts”

EMMA (Montpellier Studies of the English-Speaking World), University Paul-Valéry Montpellier3, France is pleased to announce a call for applications for a fully funded three-year PhD studentship (2016-2019). The successful candidate will help develop the collaborative project on “Ways of being other” within the programme “Inventing the other” ( ). As a member of EMMA, the PhD student will take part in the research activities of the centre and benefit from the PhD training it provides.

The successful applicants’ primary task will be to write a doctoral thesis on the topic of The ‘humble’ in 20th-to 21st-Century British Literature and Arts”

In British fiction, what is humble can be analysed in social and economic terms and be understood as a synonym of poverty, as has often been the case in the criticism of Victorian novels. The aim of the thesis will be to enlarge the definition of the term, taking into account other forms of humility, and to see in what ways the “humble” and/or humility, as ethical and/or political constructs, have transformed and renewed Modernist or contemporary British literature or arts. Drawing on poverty studies, precariousness studies and contemporary philosophy, the “humble” could be redefined in an innovative way as an aesthetic category.

The PhD studentship will be supervised by a member of EMMA (Montpellier Studies of the English-Speaking World), University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France. The successful applicant must have a sufficiently good knowledge of French to benefit from his or her stay at Montpellier. He or she will be expected to reside in Montpellier. The PhD thesis may be written in French or in English.

Value of the studentship

1500€/month for 3 academic years (2016-2019)

How to apply

Candidates should send a CV and a summary of 3000 words maximum of their research project to and before June 1, 2016.

Two confidential references (in English or in French) from persons with a direct knowledge of the candidate should be sent to the same electronic address by the closing date. Candidates may be called for interview in Montpellier or via videoconference facilities in early July. Applications from candidates with a Master’s degree from University Paul-Valéry Montpellier3 will not be accepted.



Fully-funded PhD Studentship at Loughborough University

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the Graduate
School to start in April 2016 (or a mutually agreed date). The project
will be based in the School of the Arts, English and Drama at
Loughborough University.

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Lise
Jaillant, who is currently researching a large-scale project,
Professing Creative Writing: A History of Writers and Scholars in
Anglophone Universities. It will be the first institutional and
cultural history of creative writing programmes in universities in
North America, Britain and Australia, from the 1930s to the present

We welcome the submission of high-quality proposals on any topic that
will complement this project. Examples of possible topics:

Literary prizes, festivals and creative writing in Britain from the
1970s to the present day
The links between the publishing industry and creative writing programmes
The rise of creative writing programmes in Continental Europe

Experience of archival work and/ or oral history interviews will be an

The studentship will be paid for a period of up to three years,
starting in April 2016 (or a mutually agreed date), and will cover
tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and provide a tax-free stipend of
£14,057 per annum. The value of the stipend in years two and three
will increase in line with Research Council recommended values.
International (non EU) students may apply but will need to find the
difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’
student themselves.

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1
degree (or equivalent) in English, history, sociology or another
field.  A relevant Master’s degree and/or relevant professional
experience will be an advantage.

General information about the School of the Arts, English and Drama
can be found at

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Lise
Jaillant at l.jaillant(at)

As part of your application you will be required to submit a detailed
research proposal. This should give the title of your proposed
research and a 700-word description of your topic (including

To apply, please complete the online application using the following
link: Under programme
name, please select ‘English’

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2016.
Interviews (in person or via Skype) will take place the week
commencing 29 February 2016.

Please quote the following reference when applying: GSNS2015SAED/LJ


Oxford Brookes PhD Studentships


Three year, full-time funded PhD Studentships available for January 2016

Bursary: £14,000 pa (with no inflation increase) to cover both Home/EU fees and Maintenance
Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13:00 on Wednesday 4 November 2015
Interview date: Interviews will be held in week commencing 23 November 2015.
Start date:  25 January 2016
Eligibility: Home/EU only

To mark its 150th Anniversary, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, is pleased to offer a number of full-time PhD Studentships across a range of subject areas in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in January 2016.

Each Studentship award will include an annual maintenance payment of £14,000 (with no inflation increase) for a maximum of three years, subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress. Students will be required to pay the annual fees at the Home/EU rate, currently £4,152 for 2015/2016 academic year.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences spans a diverse range of disciplines that include social sciences, history, philosophy, religion, education, law, English and modern languages.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has a long tradition of producing world-class research. The REF 2014 results confirm our ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research status in a range of subjects, and serve as official recognition of the expertise, dedication and passion of our academic community.

We welcome applications with proposals for PhD research projects in distinct and multidisciplinary areas related to the Faculty’s wider research themes.

Some examples of our research strengths are, but not limited to:

•       Leadership and management within education, special educational needs (SEN), pedagogic practice, and school subjects and curricula
•       Early modern drama, nineteenth-century poetry, MODERNISM and post-colonial literature
•       History of medicine, social and public health, eugenics and biopolitics, as well as the history of welfare and governance
•       Human rights, equality, international security, migration, law and religion
•       European politics and social change, gender, and critical international studies.
•       Cultural anthropology, Human origins and palaeo-environments, primates and wildlife conservation

Eligibility: We are looking to recruit candidates of the highest quality and who are 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.

For further information about the Faculty and its research please go to:

How to apply:

To request an application pack, ask for further information about the application process or any other enquiries, please email: stating one of the following options, aligning the broad research area that you wish to pursue to one of our departments, in the subject line of your email:

•       150 Studentship – History, Philosophy, Religion
•       150 Studentship – English & Modern Languages
•       150 Studentship – Social Sciences
•       150 Studentship – Law
•       150 Studentship – Education


PhD Studentship – Penguin’s China: Reading China in Paperback

A fully funded PhD studentship — consisting of a fee waiver and an annual stipend of £16,000 for three years — is being offered in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster. The project will investigate the role Penguin has had in shaping readers’ responses to China by assessing Penguin’s early back catalogue of books about China or on Chinese themes by both Western and Chinese authors during the 1930s and 1940s. The archive held at the University of Bristol holds an array of novels, poetry, reportage and non‐fiction for adults and children. The diversity of titles encompasses the range of responses to and interactions with China during the early twentieth century.

For more information see


Funded PhD opportunity at the University of Exeter

Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation Studentship Ref: 1873

About the award

The West country has a rich tradition of writing that forges literary identities out of experiences or memories of specific places, from Wordsworth and Coleridge walking the Quantocks to Hardy’s nostalgia for Wessex. Many of these writers took an active interest in farming and husbandry (Henry Williamson, Ted Hughes), as well as in the local legends and songs of the area (Sabine Baring-Gould), and the stories of local communities (Eden Phillpotts). And these writers often collaborated or developed literary networks that provided a focus as well as a viable cultural alternative to metropolitan groups, such as the Bloomsbury set. Our proposal, therefore, is to examine literary and creative networks in the south-west: their heritage, connections with the land and environment, and their attachment to particular sites of writing, art, and/or music. The Ronald Duncan archive will provide a fascinating and rich set of resources for this PhD through an examination of Duncan’s engagement with the south-west landscape, his interest in agriculture and husbandry and works such as Where I Live, Devon and Cornwall and Journal of a Husbandman, as well as his creation of the Devon festival in the 1950s. The PhD would also explore Duncan’s tangled position within a number of local and metropolitan literary networks, placing his life and career within a broader history of literary networks and regional literary culture.

For this project, the resources of the Ronald Duncan archive will be supplemented by other collections from south-west writers held by The University of Exeter Special Collections. It has, for example, archives of Williamson, Hughes, the library of Baring-Gould, and other local writers, and the region has a rich history of writers visiting and writing about the area (George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, Charles Kingsley, Philip Gosse, George Tugwell, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and many others) that would afford a unique opportunity to research the imaginative place of literature in the West country.

Primary Supervisor: Professor Nick Groom

Professor Groom’s work investigates questions of authenticity and the emergence of national and regional identities. This interest began in his first book, a study of the formation of the English ballad tradition (The Making of Percy’s Reliques, Clarendon Press, 1999). In recent years, his work has become more interdisciplinary. His cultural history of The Union Jack (Atlantic, 2006; paperbacked 2007), examined expressions of British identities. Most recently, his study on the history of representations of the English environment was published in November 2013 as The Seasons: An Elegy for the Passing of the Year (Atlantic). It was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Prize and runner-up for the Countryfile Book of the Year. In the meantime his acclaimed book The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction was published by OUP in 2012 as a part of a long-term project rethinking the Gothic past in political and historicist terms. Professor Groom also has a strong interest in literature and place, as well as south-west writing.   He is co-director of ECLIPSE (Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place, and Sustainability).


Application deadline: 29th June 2015
Number of awards: 1
Value: £14,057 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students
Duration of award: per year
Contact: Dr Matt Barber

How to apply

Entry criteria

We invite applications from candidates with a strong academic background in English Literary Studies, and a clear and engaging research proposal which can be developed through available research supervision. Successful applicants normally have a good first degree (at least 2.1, or international equivalent) in a relevant field of humanities, and have obtained, or are currently working towards a Masters degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, in modern and contemporary literature. If English is not your native language, you will also need to satisfy the English language entry requirements of the University of Exeter.

To apply

Applicants should complete an online web form and upload a one page CV, a research proposal of no more than 1,000 words, outlining the particular area or approach to this subject that they would like to undertake, transcripts, and two academic references and, if relevant, proof of English language proficiency, by 29 June 2015.

Applicants should ensure that the referees email their references in the form of a letter to the Postgraduate Administrator at by 29 June 2015. The responsibility for ensuring that references are received by the deadline rests with the candidates. Referees must email their references to us from their institutional email accounts (references sent from personal/private email accounts will not be accepted unless in the form of a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee).

All application documents must be submitted in English. Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided.

More information

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this opportunity before applying, please contact Professor Nick Groom at

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact:

Postgraduate Administrator at:
College of Humanities Graduate School, University of Exeter
Queen’s Building, The Queen’s Drive
Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QH

Visit  for more information.

Postgraduate Studentships

Funded PhD Studentship: Transnational Modernisms

Funded PhD Studentship in Transnational Modernisms, Leeds Trinity University


We seek PhD proposals that focus primarily on Anglophone and/or Francophone modernist literature, but which move beyond the confines of ‘national’ literary study to examine the ways in which modernist literature questions those very boundaries. We would particularly welcome projects that are sensitive to the specifically linguistic dimensions of transnational modernism. Possible areas of focus might include:


  • Multilingualism in modernist literary texts
  • The work of modernist writers as translators, and the impact of this on their own creative outputs
  • The impact of transnational networks and exchange (e.g. travel, translation, collaboration) on modernist writing
  • Representations of cosmopolitans and cosmopolitanism; cosmopolitanism as aesthetic principle
  • Networks and exchanges between ‘centres’ and ‘peripheries’ of modernism

The project will be co-supervised by a member of staff at the University of Leeds Centre for World Literatures.

The award will include a fee waiver (up to the value of EU/Home rate) plus an annual tax-free stipend equivalent to the standard Research Council rate (£14,057 for 2015–16). The studentship may be available as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) position for suitably qualified candidates. GTAs will complete a PhD (part-time) and undertake teaching or other relevant duties according to the subject area. In addition to a fee waiver and stipend, the GTA award will also include an annual salary of £4,137.

Closing Date: 9.00am on 22nd June

Informal enquiries: Juliette Taylor-Batty,

Further information:



Post-doctoral fellowships

Please see below for links to adverts for two post-doctoral fellowships being offered in the Dept of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster:

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in English Literature Post-1800:

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Visual Culture Studies:


AHRC collaborative doctoral award

The Department of English at King’s College London, in collaboration with Tate, is pleased to offer one AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award, starting in September 2015 for a period of up to three years.

The award will enable the student to pursue doctoral research in visual/literary studies while gaining first-hand experience of work within a museum setting. The successful applicant will be enrolled at, and receive their degree from King’s College London. Supervisors are: Professor Mark W. Turner (Department of English, King’s College London) and Dr Clare Barlow (Tate Britain).

The ‘Beyond Bloomsbury: Queer/Race/Art’ doctoral project will focus on  the intersections between ethnicity and queer sexualities in British art, c. 1900-1940. The student will be working in tandem with an exhibition at Tate currently being planned for 2017.

For more details on the award and application process, see: