Doctoral Scholarships

3-year Doctoral Contract in Strasburg starting September 2016
Exploring and Promoting Intercultural Heritage: Holdings in and about English in the Bibliothèque Nationale Universitaire
Deadline for applications: 1 June 2016

Co-supervised by:

  • Prof. Anne BANDRY-SCUBBI, Strasbourg English Studies Research Group SEARCH: Savoirs dans l’Espace Anglophone, Représentations, Culture, Histoire (Équipe d’Accueil 2325)
  • Christophe DIDIER, Deputy-Director of Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg

Funded by Région Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine (confirmation by end of June 2016)
The history of the Strasbourg University Library is very particular: considered the second richest collection in France before the fire of 1870 in the Franco-Prussian War, it was reconstituted from donations coming from all over the world to become a model library in the German and then the French university systems ( It is the second largest library in France and has very recently been refurbished.
Although English only comes fourth as the language of publication for the resources acquired by the Strasbourg National and University Library from 1871 to 1918, much lower than German French and Latin, England and North America were the most important non-German donors when the collections were assembled after the bombing of 1870 (Inventaire Fabian). No systematic exploration has ever been conducted on the pre-20th century holdings in and about English. Because of the way they entered the collections however, these documents constitute important instances of cultural transfers, influences and receptions in European cultures, at the cross-roads where German, French and English interact.
The aim of this PhD is to examine systematically the holdings in and about English in the Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg so as to increase their visibility and make them more accessible for further research. There will be the possibility to digitize the most interesting documents.

The full project is available at

The candidate must have a background in English studies and/or library studies or book history. Fluent English is required, German is strongly recommended and French would be an appreciable additional skill.

Send a CV and an application letter to Anne BANDRY-SCUBBI and Christophe DIDIER by 1st June, 2016.
As the result of the application for funding by Région Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine will be known by the end of June, applicants will be informed of the result at the beginning of July.


(posted 21 April 2016)

PhD Scholarship in Climate Change Fiction
Ghent University, 2016-2020
Deadline for applications: 20 May 2016

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD scholarship in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, Belgium, tenable for a period of up to four years. The successful candidate will participate in the research project “Imagining Climate Change: Fiction, Memory, and the Anthropocene,” sponsored by a grant from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen) and directed by Prof. Stef Craps. S/he will research Anglophone climate change fiction within the context of the project’s three interrelated strands. The first, formalist strand explores the literary innovations demanded by climate change, a phenomenon whose magnitude and complexity challenge conventional modes of representation. The second, historicist strand links climate change fiction to literary responses to earlier crises that radically altered humanity’s relationship to the past, present, and future: the discovery of geological time in the early nineteenth century and the Cold War threat of nuclear annihilation. The third, postcolonial strand investigates to what extent and in what ways climate change fiction addresses inequalities in the global distribution of responsibility for and vulnerability to climate change, which the developing Anthropocene narrative risks obscuring.

Candidates should have:

  • a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, such as English, Comparative Literature, or Environmental Humanities (candidates near to completion may also submit applications, indicating the expected date of the degree)
  • an outstanding academic record;
  • excellent writing and speaking skills in English;
  • an aptitude for original, independent, and creative work.

Conditions of employment:

  • The position begins 1 October 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter but no later than 31 December 2016.
  • The scholarship is initially offered for a period of two years and can be renewed for another two-year period upon positive evaluation.
  • The net amount of the scholarship will be approximately 1900 EUR per month, gradually rising to approximately 2100 EUR per month in the fourth year. The PhD student will also receive a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and enjoy full social security coverage. Additional financial support is available for conference and workshop attendance.
  • The PhD student will be based at Ghent University.
  • The PhD student will complete the doctoral training programme offered by the Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities, and Law.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter, in which you specify why you are interested in this position and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate;
  • a current CV;
  • transcripts of your qualifications to date (degrees and grade lists);
  • a writing sample (excerpt from your Master’s thesis, article, etc.);
  • names and full contact details of two referees.

The application deadline is 20 May 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found.
Further information about the position can be obtained from Prof. Stef Craps (
Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file via email to

(posted 12 April 2016)

PhD scholarship: ‘Cultural Transfer and Translation in Scottish Romantic Periodicals, 1817-1829’
KU Leuven (Campus Brussels), 2016-2020
Deadline for applications: 15 May 2016

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD scholarship at the Department of Literary Studies at KU Leuven (Campus Brussels). The successful applicant will participate in the project on ‘Cultural Transfer and Translation in Scottish Romantic Periodicals, 1817-1829’, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO, and supervised by dr. Tom Toremans. The project will involve archival research at the University of Edinburgh/National Library of Scotland and is co-supervised by dr. Tom Mole (Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh).

This project pursues a critical comparative analysis of the presence of cultural transfer and translation in two major Romantic periodicals that dominated the literary, cultural, scientific and economic debates in Britain during the first three decades of the 19th century: the Edinburgh Review (est. 1802) and Blackwood’s Magazine (est. 1817). Responding to the relative neglect of the study of translation in Romantic (periodical) scholarship, the project analyses a clearly defined corpus of texts applying state-of-the-art methodologies of literary and translation studies, thus providing a critical and multifaceted view on the cross-cultural engagement of both periodicals in the period between 1817 and 1829 –and, by extension, of Romantic literary culture in general.

Full details on the project and how to apply can be found at

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2016, with interviews scheduled for June. The project runs from 1 October 2016 until 30 September 2020.

For further information, please contact Tom Toremans (

(posted 1 April 2016)

 Up to 12 doctoral scholarships funded by the German Research Council, University of Muenster
Research Training Group “Literary Form: History and Culture of Aesthetic Modelling” (RTG 1886/1)
Deadline for applications: 29 April 2016

For details of the scholarships see the regulations of the German Research Council:

Funding is to commence on 1 October 2016 and lasts for at least 30 months.

The Graduate Training Programme
The inter-philological Research Training Group (RTG) “Literary Form” is a co-operation of eight literature departments at Muenster University (English Studies, Arabian Studies, German Studies, German Medieval Studies, Classical Philology, Dutch Studies, French/Italian/Spanish Studies, Slavonic Studies). The programme offers young researchers working on innovative doctoral projects the chance to connect in a state of the art research context. The programme’s focus is on the re-interpretation and expansion of the concept of ‘literary form’ by means of a transdisciplinary model theory.

Research and Supervision
Doctoral training and supervision in this programme are situated in an ambitious research context supported by an excellent infrastructure, based on the faculty’s longstanding experience with structured doctoral programmes as much as on numerous national and international co-operations. Doctoral students benefit from a specially designed introductory course to the programme’s thematic and theoretical foundations, extensive individual supervision, office space for members, and the ready availability of funds for research travel and stays within Germany and worldwide. The strong transdisciplinary interface of the programme is maintained through collaborations with Muenster University’s Centre for Philosophy of Science and with the Association for Model Research at the Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” at Humboldt University Berlin. Integrating doctoral students in the development of both the RTG’s strategic structures and research context, the programme is designed as a dynamic and flexible framework for initiating academic careers.

Form and Modelling
In terms of literary production, form is seen as the negotiation between stabilising closure on the one hand and dynamic opening on the other, as much in terms of the structural basis as of topics and concepts. Processes of aesthetic formation, thus, appear as a major concern for any study of literary production. They can be seen as manifestations of modelling combining extra-literary and literary models, or processes of representation and construction. The act of literary modelling entails fictional texts shaping their models of the world and of reality through forms of art, which in their turn can assume the nature of models – for instance in the adoption, adaptation and subversion of genres, in intermedial shifts or in cultural transfer. The programme approaches these issues in three methodologically distinct research areas:

  1. Knowledge of forms and forms of knowledge (epistemology)

The main focus in this area is on the epistemic function of processes of formation and of concrete modelling authorities, e.g., in the fictional modelling of factual fields of knowledge as well as in the application of literary strategies to non-literary discourses, but also in formal experimentation and the reflection on form.

  1. Cultural models and model cultures (cultural poetics)

This field addresses factors in the success, validity and prescriptive power of literary models, e.g. in view of the complex exchanges between ‘high’ and ‘popular’ culture, in media transfer, in advertising or in intercultural discourse.

  1. Modelling at the limits of form (structure)

Research in this area focusses on the tensions inherent in all formational processes between assembling form and dissolving it. Projects examine the loss or destruction of form, as well as the transfer or transformation of forms, as aesthetic practices.

Project proposals should, ideally, focus on one of these aspects or indicate how they might link up with one or more of them. We welcome proposals from a wide spectrum of research on literature. The selection process will take into consideration the various stages of development and elaboration of proposals submitted, and any further profiling of projects within and towards the programme framework will, wherever necessary or desired, be closely supervised and supported after admission.

For further information, see

The following documents (in German or English) are to be submitted electronically by 29 April 2016 (in a single pdf file) to

  • motivational letter
  • CV
  • summary of the dissertation project (five pages)
  • certificates and diplomas (school leaving certificate, BA/MA etc.) and transcript of records including relevant marks

Please also identify two referees and ask them to submit their letters of reference to the above email address.

Interviews will take place on June 20 and 21, 2016 in Muenster. Successful candidates will be informed presently.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer
Director, Research Training Group “Literary Form”

Leonie Windt, M.A. (Coordinator)
Graduiertenkolleg Literarische Form
Robert-Koch-Straße 29
48149 Münster
Tel. ++49-251-83-30150

(posted 15 February 2016)

PhD scholarship: The ‘humble’ in 20th-to 21st-Century British Literature and Arts
EMMA, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France (2016-2019)
Deadline for application: 1 June 2016

Applications are invited for this three-year Doctoral Award, slated to commence on 1 October 2016. The deadline for application is June 1, 2016.
Proposed research topic: The ‘humble’ in 20th-to 21st-Century British Literature and Arts
EMMA (Montpellier Studies of the English-Speaking World), University Paul-Valéry Montpellier3, France is pleased to announce a call for applications for a fully funded three-year PhD studentship (2016-2019). The successful candidate will help develop the collaborative project on “Ways of being other” within the programme “Inventing the other” ( ). As a member of EMMA, the PhD student will take part in the research activities of the centre and benefit from the PhD training it provides.

The successful applicants’ primary task will be to write a doctoral thesis on the topic of “The ‘humble” in 20th-to 21st-Century British Literature and Arts”

In British fiction, what is humble can be analysed in social and economic terms and be understood as a synonym of poverty, as has often been the case in the criticism of Victorian novels. The aim of the thesis will be to enlarge the definition of the term, taking into account other forms of humility, and to see in what ways the “humble” and/or humility, as ethical and/or political constructs, have transformed and renewed Modernist or contemporary British literature or arts. Drawing on poverty studies, precariousness studies and contemporary philosophy, the “humble” could be redefined in an innovative way as an aesthetic category.

The PhD studentship will be supervised by a member of EMMA (Montpellier Studies of the English-Speaking World), University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France. The successful applicant must have a sufficiently good knowledge of French to benefit from his or her stay at Montpellier. He or she will be expected to reside in Montpellier.  The PhD thesis may be written in French or in English.

Value of the studentship
1500€/month for 3 academic years (2016-2019)

How to apply
Candidates should send a CV and a summary of 3000 words maximum of their research project to and before June 1, 2016.
Two confidential references (in English or in French) from persons with a direct knowledge of the candidate should be sent to the same electronic address by the closing date. Candidates may be called for interview in Montpellier or via videoconference facilities in early July. Applications from candidates with a Master’s degree from University Paul-Valéry Montpellier3 will not be accepted.

(posted 11 January 2016)