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Department of Humanities (Advert Reference: RDF20/HUMANITIES)

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

Contact for queries relating to academic proposals: Dr Katherine Baxter

We welcome proposals in our Humanities disciplines that speak to our interdisciplinary research group themes:

American Studies: any aspect of the history, literature, and culture of the United States and the Caribbean, from the pre-1776 North American colonies to the present day.

Conflict and Society: all aspects of the history and literature of ‘conflict', including Holocaust and Genocide studies; civilian experience, nationalism and loyalism, pacifism, memory, and understandings of time in periods of conflict.

Creative Writing: practice-led research projects in either prose or poetry.

Environmental Humanities: any aspect of environmental history and literature, including histories of the environment, environmental management, and environmental activism, nature writing and ecocriticism from all periods.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies: any aspect of literature from this period.

Gendered Subjects: any aspects of British or North American representation of gender and/or sexual identities, in fiction, magazines, film and television.

Global and Transnational History: especially on identities and boundaries; organised networks across borders; culture clashes or cooperation in contested spaces.

Histories of Activism: any aspect of activism, from the local to the international, with a particular emphasis on activism and culture.

Language and Linguistics: general field of descriptive and empirical linguistics, including individual differences in language processing; aspects of second language speech and teaching; and evolution of language and cognition in early humans or precursor species.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies: all aspects of the social and cultural life of the medieval and early modern periods.

Music: Voices and instruments in British music, c.1550 to c.1750, embracing a wide variety of musicological and practice-led approaches.

Power and Politics in Language and Literature: the politics of education; feminism; law; migration and multilingualism; histories of racism and slavery; social and linguistic inclusion/exclusion; and social justice.

Scholarly Editing and Print Culture: proposals are invited on any aspect of book history, print cultures, bibliography, digitisation and textual scholarship.

For further information see https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/humanities/research/

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

· Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
· Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
· Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words, or that do not include the advert reference RDF20/HUMANITIES will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Friday 24 January 2020

Start Date: 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Home/EU/ Worldwide students where a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2019/20, this is £15,009 pa) and full fees.

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