Postgraduate research studentship in Early Modern literature and culture

Following the success of the AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award collaboration with the National Maritime Museum (Royal Museums Greenwich), the University of Roehampton is pleased to announce a fully-funded 3-year postgraduate research studentship to start on 1 October 2013. The studentship will be a full bursary including Home/EU fees plus a Research Council level stipend for three years’ full-time doctoral study. The bursaries will be subject to annual review of student progress. The bursary rate for 2012-13 is currently £15,590. In addition a contribution towards project costs will be made available, with a minimum of £300 allocated.

Students on full bursaries are required to offer up to 6 hours a week teaching or other support to their departments for 40 weeks per year, or a total of 720 hours support over a three-year award. Candidates are also expected to play a full part in the research culture of their department and the university, and may be called on to act as ambassadors for the University, for example at marketing events.

Preference may be given to proposals that develop on-going work on the cultures of the Stuart courts broadly defined, such as the material, literary, theatrical, or gendered cultures and networks of the court and aristocracy. Interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome, as are projects focusing on literature or theatre.

The successful student will be based in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, London. The Department has recently appointed 5 new scholars to its teaching staff, consolidating our reputation for both traditional excellence and innovation, and has also benefited from the University’s substantial investment in its postgraduate community. The successful candidate will become part of an active and growing community of postgraduate scholars in a vibrant research culture with a track record of supervisorial success and established external collaborations with London institutions.

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The Department is looking for a candidate of the highest quality, capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have completed an MA degree in a relevant subject prior to the start of the studentship and may be required to complete additional research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and fluency in spoken and written English.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Clare McManus to discuss their proposed projects (

Research at the University of Roehampton

Roehampton has an excellent reputation for research and a vibrant research culture which attracts students from all over the world. Many professors are internationally renowned for their work and have an impressive track record of publication. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise found that 78% of our research was of an internationally recognised standard, and we ranked number one in the UK for Biological Anthropology and Dance.

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Deadline for applications: 31 July 2013

For all non-academic queries relating to the studentships, please contact the Graduate School on 020 8392 3619, e-mail

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