PhD Studentship in Poetry

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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The Department of English and Modern Languages, Oxford Brookes University is looking for strong candidates to apply for one, three year, full-time PhD studentship in any aspect of Poetry and Poetics.

The studentship will be housed within the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre ( The Poetry Centre was launched in 1998, and hosts an annual programme of events, including research seminars, workshops, and community projects. Our current activities are in the areas of poetry and science; poetry and the environment; performance poetry in Oxfordshire; poetry and utopias; and the poetics of modernist drama. Most recently, we have organised events at the Oxford Literary Festival and at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, as part of our commitment to taking scholarly research outside the academy.  Director of the Poetry Centre: Dr Eóin Flannery,

The Poetry Centre acts as a base for post-doctoral researchers and graduate students studying and writing poetry, and it oversees the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship scheme at Oxford Brookes University. Departmental teaching and research interests in poetry range from the early modern period to the present day. Our creative writing staff include contemporary poets: Tobias Hill and Oxford City Poet Kate Clanchy, working alongside Creative Writing Fellow Patience Agbabi.

Oxford Brookes University is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and is currently undergoing a multi-million pound campus redevelopment programme. Its research-intensive Department of English and Modern Languages has a growing and substantial international reputation in many areas.  It teaches degree programmes in English, Drama, Creative Writing, Japanese, French and Spanish, and supports a wide variety of PhD students and postdoctoral research. This ambitious, friendly Department offers a stimulating, supportive home for the right candidate as part of an active and growing community of postgraduate scholars.  The Department has a strong track record of supervisorial success, established external collaborations and publication. In the RAE 2008, 70% of the research in the Department was judged to be of International quality and 5% of this world-leading. 

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Eligibility: The competition is open to both home/EU and International students. 

For the successful candidate, the Faculty will pay the fees at the home/EU fee rate and an annual stipend of £7,000 for each of the three years beginning in either October 2013 or January 2014.

However due to funding restrictions International applicants should be aware that they will be required to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year, for the duration of the award.

Application Deadline: Friday 6 September 2013. 

Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 30 September.

For further details and an application pack, please contact Charmian Hearne, Research Administrator at  Tel: +44 (0) 1865 553468 (Monday to Wednesday).

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