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The School of English and Languages at the University of Surrey invites applications from excellent candidates for PhD studentships covering Home/EU fees and maintenance for October 2017 entry.
Studentship schemes for October 2017 entry:
• AHRC TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership studentships: As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Surrey invites applications for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Overseas students are not eligible for TECHNE Scholarships, and EU students from outside the UK are eligible for fees but not maintenance. All applications for this AHRC studentship scheme will also be considered for the internal studentships.
• Internal studentships: these university-funded studentships are available for top-quality Home/EU or Overseas students, covering full tuition fees (including international fees) and maintenance at current research-council rates for a full-time PhD.
School Research programmes:
• PhD English (Literature, Creative Writing, Film Studies)
The School of English and Languages carries out fresh, innovative, world-leading research across the fields of literature, writing and film studies. With a strong focus on research and writing in international contexts, we provide a network of research links and support for your professional or academic career and a collegial environment in which to pursue your studies.
In addition to meetings with two supervisors, you will have access to a range of services to support and develop your writing and research skills, including the University's Researcher Development programme. As well as being a student in the School, we will support your contribution to larger initiatives such as the University's Postgraduate Conference. We will also encourage you to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills, with support available to attend conferences and make essential research trips.
The School hosts the Centre for Transnational Literary and Cultural Studies (TRANS), a collaborative interdisciplinary research centre set up to examine the transnational phenomena of migration, mobility, travel and diaspora. TRANS provides a rich environment of research collaboration, graduate study, cross-faculty dialogue and international collaboration, with scholars working in postcolonialism, travel writing, cultural geography, comparative and world literatures, transnational cultural histories and cultural studies within the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Key research areas include:
• Experimental Poetry
• Historical Prose Fiction
• Literary Prose Fiction
• Contemporary Commercial/Genre Prose Fiction
• Women's writing (esp. Medieval women's writing, Early Modern women's drama and Victorian women writers)
• Medieval romance
• Victorian studies
• Modernism and modernity
• Travel and mobility
• Western and global esotericisms
• Sexuality and queer theory
• Postmodern writing
• Postcolonial writing
• Literature and the Environment
• Medical Humanities
• Environmental Humanities
• The film industry and popular film / culture
We particularly welcome topics that cross discipline boundaries.
A good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) and an MA in a relevant topic. In exceptional cases, students with a good first degree will be considered for Creative Writing where there is a substantial or promising creative portfolio.
Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in the Writing component.
Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.
How to Apply for a Studentship:
1) To be considered for a studentship, you first need to apply for a PhD at the University of Surrey: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/english-literature-creative-writing-film-studies-phd
2) The latest you can apply, and be considered for a studentship, is midnight 18 December 2016.
3) Invited for interview.
4) If accepted, you will be invited to complete a TECHNE studentship application by 16 January 2017.
For full programme information and information on how to apply, please email:
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.