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Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance Joint PhD Opportunity: Creative Writing

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Profile Description

The University of Aberdeen offers the following exciting opportunity for international doctoral study in Creative Writing.

The Project
This project explores the literatures of travel and travel writing through a literary and/or creative writing lens. Projects could include: creative uses of travel in prose literature (novel or short story collection); writing a travel narrative (creative non-fiction); analysis of travel writing; examination of tropes of travel in fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Topics to explore via these forms might include: comparison of Australian and Scottish literatures of travel; historical travel writing; newer forms of travel writing (eg multi-media or experimental writing about travel); contested issues in travel writing (eg the role of the tourist, new environmental perspectives, post-colonial perspectives); other aspects of creative writing and travel.

The main component of this project will consist of an extended and original piece of creative writing in prose (for example a novel, collection of short stories, or creative non-fiction travel narrative). As a guide, prose works should total between 40,000 and 60,000 words. The secondary, critical component (normally 30,000 words) will consist of both a scholarly and reflexive analysis of the theoretical and aesthetic contexts relevant to the candidate's creative progress and his/her technical and expressive objectives.

Funding Notes
Funded by the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance. 2 years in Aberdeen and 1 in Curtin. Curtin University will pay its stipend at the Australian Government RTP scholarship base rate of AU $27,082 (2018) per annum. The UK (RCUK published national minimum stipend) is £14,553 (2017). All students will be given a fee waiver by the Institution at which they are studying, whether Home or Host. Travel expenses will also be provided at up to £1,500 total for both outward and inward bound flights to host institutions.
The scholarship must be taken up by 30 April 2018.

Student Eligibility

Application Procedure
The deadline for application is 10 January 2018.

Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Writing to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing. Applicants will be required to meet the English Language Requirements of both Institutions.


Applicants should supply a clear research proposal (maximum 1000 words) outlining the nature of their proposed topic, the key issues it will address, a description of the methodology or approach they will be taking and a sense of how the project will develop over the three years of study. They should also indicate the benefits to the project of a period of study in Australia.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Alexandra Lewis ([email protected]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([email protected])


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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