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The School of English Dublin City University

Doctoral Research Scholarships 2019-2020

DCU School of English is a dynamic research-focused school with expertise in a variety of literary eras and genres including Poetry, Children's Literature, Irish Studies, American writing, Post-colonial Literature, Romanticism, Nineteenth-century writing, the Novel, Drama, and Creative Writing. As part of our commitment to excellence in postgraduate research, the School of English is pleased to offer a scholarship for a full-time PhD student commencing September 2019. The successful candidate will be paid a stipend of €16,000 per annum for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression. Registration fees will also be paid. There may also be a number of fees-only scholarships available.


Applicants must have a relevant undergraduate degree at first-class honours level, or at least, 2.1 level. It is desirable that they should hold a relevant Master’s qualification. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.

Priority Areas:

The School of English is particularly interested in receiving research proposals in the following areas:

    • The Irish novel: Irish fiction in the 20th century; the Contemporary Irish novel
    • Irish and British fiction of the late eighteenth and the nineteenth century (esp. the Romantic and Victorian novel and the historical novel)
    • Postmodernism and postmodern culture (esp. post-structuralist literary theory, psychoanalysis, posthumanism)
    • Children’s literature of the eighteenth or nineteenth century; the development of the adventure story and/or its relationship to empire
    • Illness/mental disorder in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novels
    • Relationship between the novel and empire
    • Representations of technology in literature and film
    • Irish film post-1990 (esp. short film)
    • Irish women’s writing
    • Expatriate Irish writers (esp. Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw)
    • 1890s and fin de siècle writing
    • Dystopian/gothic literature.

Other Areas:

Other proposals of interest might be in the following general areas:

    • Modern Irish narratives
    • Popular literature and/or culture
    • Literary theory
    • History of the Book and/or reading
    • American literature
    • Literature and politics
    • Poetry Studies
    • Experimental literature
    • Gender and sexuality.

 Scholarship Application Procedure:

 Email applications to Dr Jim Shanahan, Research Convenor in the School of English, at, indicating School of English PhD Scholarships in the subject line. Applications should include the following:

    • A CV including names and contact details of two academic referees
    • A copy of undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates
    • Copies of transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
    • A letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the scholarship
    • A research proposal of c.3000 words accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count).

 Suitable candidates will be directed to potential supervisors with whom they must agree a research proposal before being considered for a scholarship.


Dr Jim Shanahan, Research Convenor, School of English at:

Other useful resources:

DCU Graduate Studies Office:


Closing date for applications: 31th May 2019