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About the Programme
Contact for queries relating to academic proposals: Dr Jennifer Aston, History firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr Paul Frazer, English & Creative Writing email@example.com, Dr Phillip Wallage, Linguistics firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome proposals that speak to the research themes of our Humanities disciplines: Creative Writing, English Language, English Literature, History, Linguistics, and Music.
American Studies: 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: the study of ‘conflict', including Holocaust and Genocide studies; civilian and domestic experiences, nationalism, loyalism, pacifism, memory, and understandings of time.
Creative Writing: practice-led research projects in either prose or poetry.
Environmental Humanities: environmental history and literature, including environmental management and activism, nature writing and ecocriticism from all periods.
Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies: any aspect of literature from this period.
Gendered Subjects: British or North American representation of gender and/or sexual identities, in fiction, magazines, film and television, including queer and feminist theory.
Global and Transnational History: a focus on identities and boundaries; organised networks across borders; culture clashes or cooperation in contested spaces; global political economy, capitalism and technology.
Histories of Activism: examines social movements, political protest, international campaigns as well as the promotion of alternative economic, social and political orders in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Language and Linguistics: descriptive and empirical linguistics, including language processing; second language speech and teaching; and the evolution of language and cognition.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies: a range of interdisciplinary and intersectional expertise on Britain, Ireland, France and Spain, focusing especially on cultural, environmental, political and social history, as well as literature, music and art.
Music: encompassing music history, performance practice, editing, material culture (print, manuscript, instruments), music in myth and literature, and music education.
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.
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 (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF21/HUMANITIES) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 29 January 2021
Start Date: 1 October 2021
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.
Please note: to be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:
• Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
• have settled status, or
• have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
• have indefinite leave to remain or enter.
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