Postgraduate research funding
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The Newton Bequest Graduate Teaching Fellow in Latin American and Hispanic Studies
Thanks to a generous donation by the Newton family, the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film at the University of Liverpool is delighted to invite applications for one Newton Bequest Graduate Teaching Fellow scholarship in Latin American and Hispanic Studies for Autumn 2022 entry. The scholarship provides full fees at the Home student rate (approx. £4,500) for students undertaking the PhD in Hispanic Studies or Latin American Studies, a maintenance grant of £15,609 and up to £5,000 for paid teaching per year.
This temporary post provides an opportunity for UK applicants with a good first degree, MA, and a strong commitment to teaching and research, to combine studying for a doctoral degree with the acquisition of teaching experience.
PhD Studentship in the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
The School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool is pleased to invite applications for a fees-only PhD studentship. This bursary provides three years of full-time funding for University fees at the home-student rate (£4,500 in 2021/22). This competition is open to all Home students who will be commencing PhD studies at the University of Liverpool in the autumn of 2022.
Full studentship details, including how to apply - deadline Friday 18th February 2022.
PhD Studentship in Irish Studies and Politics
The Institute of Irish Studies, in conjunction with the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool, is pleased to invite applications for a PhD studentship beginning in September 2022.
Each studentship is funded by the Blair Chair in Irish Studies and the Department of Politics at a rate of £20,000 pa for three years for the successful applicant. This encompasses home tuition fees (£4,596) and a £15,000 Award; Paid teaching opportunities may be available during the PhD subject to satisfactory progress and completing internal training. School funding will also be available for Research expenses. The successful applicant will be based in the Institute of Irish studies and will avail of joint supervision between the Institute of Irish Studies and the Department of Politics.
We welcome well-developed applications in the areas of power-sharing, post-conflict governance, gender and the politics of Northern Ireland/Ireland, constitutional change, political economy of Ireland/Northern Ireland, British-Irish relationships, parliamentary studies, or UK devolution. Applications broadly focussed on the governance and politics of Northern Ireland, or comparative projects which include the governance and politics of Northern Ireland, will also be considered. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods projects are welcome.
For expertise within the Institute of Irish Studies and Department of Politics, see our research pages at https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/irish-studies/staff/ and https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/politics/staff/ respectively.
Applicants should submit a CV, the name of an academic referee, plus a 2-3 page research proposal to Dr Niall Carson (Niall.Carson@liverpool.ac.uk) by 5pm on Wednesday 31st August 2022. The research proposal should include a brief overview of research questions(s) to be addressed, a literature review summarising existing research in the field and any gaps in knowledge, a description of the project’s methodology, plus an indication of any potential ethical issues associated with the proposal.
Applicants may contact Dr Sean Haughey (sean.haughey@Liverpool.ac.uk) to informally discuss their proposal.
Additional information about the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures is available here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/histories-languages-and-cultures/.
PhD Studentship in Irish Studies
The Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool is pleased to invite applications for a PhD studentship in the areas of Literature, History and Politics. The studentship is funded by the Blair Chair in Irish Studies at a rate of £15,000 pa for three years for each successful applicant. This encompasses home tuition fees (£4,596), a £10,000 Award. School funding will also be available for Research expenses. Paid teaching opportunities may be available during the PhD subject to satisfactory progress and completing internal training. The studentships are offered in conjunction with, and can be co-supervised by, staff at other Departments at the University of Liverpool. The studentships are available on any topic, however staff have identified four areas of research that they would encourage applications from:
- Open Applications. Proposals are welcome on any aspect of Irish Studies that align with the research specialisms of the Institute of Irish Studies. Applicants are advised to submit their proposals on any topic within the areas aligned to staff research expertise. We welcome other topics related to the research activities of the Institute. In particular, in areas of literature, politics and history. Comparative studies are encouraged and also those related to gender, sexuality and identity politics.
- 20th and 21st Century Theatre and Performance. Proposals are welcome on any aspect of Irish performance from 1939 onwards including, but not limited to, theatre. The project might focus on: a venue; a set of authors and/or practitioners; the history of a particular aspect of playwriting, stagecraft, or performance; or theatre and performance in a socio-political context.
- Devolution and Northern Ireland. Proposals are welcome for any doctoral thesis topic related to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Northern Ireland Executive, consociational power-sharing, or parliamentary studies with a focus on Northern Ireland.
- Ireland and the Wider World in the Early Middle Ages. Proposals are welcome for any doctoral thesis topic dealing with the history of Ireland and its links (cultural, political, social, religious or economic) with neighbouring countries up to 1200 CE.
- The Politics of Diversity and/or Minorities: The growth in ethnic diversity in Ireland /Northern Ireland has lacked research and interpretation. Moreover, sexual minorities and people with disabilities are also under-examined. A thesis may wish to focus on the politics, activism or representation of minority groups or examine their position within society that could include racism, structural impediments and voicelessness.
- Former British Soldiers and the Troubles: It is estimated that around 200,000 members of the British armed forces served in Northern Ireland. A thesis that examines the role played, attitudes to legacy, impact of service would achieve much in providing recognition of the position and role on combatants within an emerging post-conflict environment.
- Social Media of Conflict/Constitutional Change: The emergence of social media has led to proxy conflict and the outplaying of sectarian and hostile discourse. It has positioned conflicts over legacy, constitutional change and the setting of aggressive binary arguments. A thesis could explain these identity formations, their presentation and impact.
How to apply:
- Applications are open to students eligible for home fees who will start their Irish Studies PhD in 2022. Applications from International students are welcome, but the total amount offered by the studentship is £15,000 per year, for 3 years.
- Applicants should email a CV, qualification transcripts, 1500-word research proposal, and 500-word description of previous research training/experience and envisaged training needs by 30 September 2022 to:Carson@liverpool.ac.uk
- Applications to the PhD programme should ideally be submitted a fortnight before the studentship deadline i.e. by 16 September 2022.
- Applicants may also be eligible for the Owen Templeman Prize in Celtic Studies, depending on their proposed area of study.
- Studentship application deadline: Friday 30th September 2022.
For queries related to Irish Studies PhD applications and/or studentships please contact Dr. Niall Carson, Departmental Lead for Postgraduate Studies: Niall.Carson@liverpool.ac.uk
Owen Templeman Prize in Celtic Studies
The Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool is pleased to invite applications for The Owen Templeman Prize in Celtic Studies for any student working at post-graduate level on a topic fully or partially related to the discipline of Celtic Studies. The prize is an award of £3000 to be paid to the successful applicant.
Applicants should submit a CV, the name of an academic referee, plus a research proposal to Dr Niall Carson (Niall.Carson@liverpool.ac.uk) by 5pm on Friday 30th September 2022. The research proposal should include a brief overview of research questions(s) to be addressed, a literature review summarising existing research in the field and any gaps in knowledge, a description of the project’s methodology, plus an indication of any potential ethical issues associated with the proposal.
Applicants may contact Professor Clare Downham (c.downham@Liverpool.ac.uk) to informally discuss their proposal.