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Department of Humanities (Advert Reference: RDF23/ADSS/HUMANITIES)

  Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

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 Friday, January 27, 2023
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

These studentships are extremely popular and very competitive. We therefore recommend that you contact one of the following PGR Subject Leads in the Department of Humanities as soon as possible (and significantly before the deadline for submission of your proposal), so that they can connect you with an appropriate supervisor: Dr Patrick Andelic (History), Dr Paul Frazer, (English Literature & Creative Writing), Dr Phillip Wallage (Linguistics) 

American Studies: any aspect of the history, literature, and culture of the United States and the wider Americas, 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: any aspect of environmental history and literature, including environmental management and activism, nature writing and ecocriticism from all periods.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies: any aspect of literary culture from this period, including interdisciplinary projects and especially those related to the following areas: print culture, periodicals and scholarly editing; medical humanities; environmental humanities; women's writing; heritage, the wider arts and theatre.

Gendered Subjects: any aspects of 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: global, transnational, and spatial approaches to history, including identities and boundaries; organised networks across borders; cultural interactions; global political economy, capitalism and technology.

Histories of Activism: exploring all approaches and perspectives on activism in its myriad forms and instances, from the local to the global. Expertise on transnational activism, anti-imperialism, culture, race, gender, society, education, left/right politics, and more.

Language and Linguistics: descriptive and empirical projects in applied linguistics, forensic linguistics, language learning and teaching, language and cognition, discourse analysis and stylistics, language variation and change, language attitudes, pragmatics, evolution of communication.

Medicine, Health, and Wellbeing in the Humanities: historical and contemporary literatures and languages of health and illness; histories of health, medicine & wellbeing; mental and cognitive health, illness, and wellbeing; health inequalities and marginalisation; allied health humanities

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, opera, performance practice, critical editing of music, material culture (print, manuscript, instruments), auditory cultures, and music in myth and literature.

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 read the full funding notes which include advice for international and part-time applicants.

Studentships are available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £10,600 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities. International applicants (including EU) need to have their own valid immigration permissions to live and study in the UK if they wish to study on a part-time basis as Northumbria University does not sponsor part-time Student Visas.

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 or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.

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 RDF23/ADSS/HUMANITIES will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 27th January 2023

Start Date: 1st October 2023

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

Funding Notes

Each studentship supports a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2022/23 full-time study this is currently £17,668 per year) and full tuition fees. UK and international (including EU) candidates may apply.
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