The School of English Dublin City University

Doctoral Research Scholarships 2020-2021

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 2020. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of €16,000 per annum and have their fees paid for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression. There may also be a number of fees-only scholarships available.

Eligibility:

Applicants should 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:

This year, the School of English is particularly interested in receiving research proposals in the following areas:

  • Creative Writing (please see DCU regulations with regard to pursuing a PhD by artefact before applying)
  • Children’s/Young Adult Literature (especially work utilising the existing Children’s Literature collections held by DCU and the Children’s Books Ireland Collection)
  • Transcultural Writing

Other Areas:

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

 Irish Literature and Irish Women’s Writing

  • Romantic and/or Victorian literature (particularly the novel)
  • Poetry Studies
  • American Literature
  • Gender and sexuality

 Scholarship Application Procedure:

 Please send email applications to Dr Jim Shanahan, Research Convenor in the School of English, at jim.shanahan@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 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.

 Inquiries:

Dr Jim Shanahan, Research Convenor, School of English at: jim.shanahan@dcu.ie

Other useful resources:

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

PhD by Artefact:

https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/graduate_research/pdfs/guidelines_on_phd_by_artefact_final_march_2016.pdf

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BZC910/doctoral-research-scholarship-2020-2021

 

Closing date for applications: 17th April 2020