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.
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 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 email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful resources:
DCU Graduate Studies Office: http://dcu.ie/graduatestudies/index.shtml
Closing date for applications: 31th May 2019