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The School of English Dublin City University

Doctoral Research Scholarships 2018-2019

The School of English, DCU, 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, nineteenth-century writing, the Novel, Drama, and Creative Writing. This is an exciting time for us as we build upon our strengths and traditions in a newly expanded School. 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 2018. 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 will also be a number of fees-only scholarships available.

Eligibility:

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.

Topics:

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

    • The Irish novel: Irish fiction in the twentieth century; the contemporary Irish novel;
    • Irish and British Fiction of the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries.

Other proposals of interest might be in the following areas:

    • Postmodernism and postmodern culture;
    • History of the Book and/or the History of Reading;
    • Modern Irish narrative, drama, film, novel, poetry, theatre, women writers;
    • Literary theory;
    • Children’s and Young Adult Literature generally or directed at the St Patrick’s Campus Library archives including the Patricia Lynch Collection, the Padraic Colum Collection, the Cathal Ó Sándair Collection, the Bartlett Puffin Collection;
    • Comedy;
    • Drama;
    • Poetry;
    • Experimental Literature;
    • Popular Literature;
    • Gender and Sexuality;
    • Post-colonial Literature.

 Application Procedure:

See Graduate Studies Office on application process: http://www4.dcu.ie/graduatestudies/how_to_apply.shtml

Interested candidates must first agree a research proposal with a School of English staff member. Candidates will be directed to potential supervisors on application.

Email applications to Dr Derek Hand, Head of School (derek.hand@dcu.ie), 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 (c.3000 words) accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count).

Inquiries:

Inquiries to Dr Derek Hand, Head of the School of English, or Dr Jim Shanahan, Director of Research in the School of English at: derek.hand@dcu.ie or jim.shanahan@dcu.ie.

Other useful resources:

DCU Graduate Studies Office: http://dcu.ie/graduatestudies/index.shtml

  

Closing date for applications: 30th May 2018