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Doctoral Research Scholarships 2017-2018

The new 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 2017. 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 scholarships for fees available.

Eligibility:

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.

Topics:

The School of English is particularly interested in receiving research proposals in the following areas:

• Postmodernism and postmodern culture

• Literary theory

• Modern Irish narrative, drama, film, novel, poetry, theatre, women writers

• Irish and British Fiction of the late eighteenth and the nineteenth century

• Children’s and Young Adult Literature generally or directed at the St Patrick’s Campus Library archives including Patricia Lynch Collection, Padraic Colum Collection, Cathal Ó Sándair Collection, Bartlett Puffin Collection.

Other proposals of interest might be in the following areas:

• Comedy

• Drama

• Poetry

• Experimental Literature

• Popular Literature

• Gender and Sexuality

• Post-colonial Literature

Application Procedure:

See Graduate Studies Office on application process: http://www4.dcu.ie/graduatestudies/how_to_apply.shtml

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, derek.hand@dcu.ie, 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 c3000 words accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count).

Inquiries:

Inquiries to Dr Derek Hand, Head of the School of English or Dr Julie Anne Stevens, Director of Research in the School of English at: derek.hand@dcu.ie or julieann.stevens@dcu.ie

Other useful resources: DCU Graduate Studies Office: http://dcu.ie/graduatestudies/index.shtml

Closing date for applications is 17:00 (Irish time) on Wednesday, 31st May 2017