Deadline: 2016-02-15
Value of Scholarship: Loughborough
Level Of Study: PhD

Funded PhD Studentship in the School of Arts, English and Drama



Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the Graduate School to start in April 2016 (or a mutually agreed date). The project will be based in the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University.

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Lise Jaillant, who is currently researching a large-scale project, Professing Creative Writing: A History of Writers and Scholars in Anglophone Universities. It will be the first institutional and cultural history of creative writing programmes in universities in North America, Britain and Australia, from the 1930s to the present day.

We welcome the submission of high-quality proposals on any topic that will complement this project. Examples of possible topics:

  • Literary prizes, festivals and creative writing in Britain from the 1970s to the present day
  • The links between the publishing industry and creative writing programmes
  • The rise of creative writing programmes in Continental Europe

Experience of archival work and/ or oral history interviews will be an advantage.

The studentship will be paid for a period of up to three years, starting in April 2016 (or a mutually agreed date), and will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and provide a tax-free stipend of £14,057 per annum. The value of the stipend in years two and three will increase in line with Research Council recommended values. International (non EU) students may apply but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves.

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in English, history, sociology or another field.  A relevant Master’s degree and/or relevant professional experience will be an advantage.

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General information about the School of the Arts, English and Drama can be found at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/staff-research/

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Lise Jaillant at l.jaillant(at)gmail.com

As part of your application you will be required to submit a detailed research proposal. This should give the title of your proposed research and a 700-word description of your topic (including methodology).

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: https://lucas.lboro.ac.uk/web_apx/f?p=100:1. Under programme name, please select ‘English’

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2016.
Interviews (in person or via Skype) will take place the week commencing 29 February 2016.

Please quote the following reference when applying: GSNS2015SAED/LJ

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