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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.


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 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:

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 (, 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 to Dr Derek Hand, Head of the School of English, or Dr Jim Shanahan, Director of Research in the School of English at: or

Other useful resources:

DCU Graduate Studies Office:


Closing date for applications: 30th May 2018