Queen Mary Principal’s Studentship: Early modern textual cultures of western Europe

Queen Mary Principal’s Studentship
Each year Queen Mary offers PhD studentships to highly qualified applicants. Queen Mary Principal’s Studentships cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of around £15,000 per year. Applicants from the UK, European Union and overseas are eligible to apply. We are pleased to announce that we will offer one Principal’s Studentship shared between English and French, in the field of early modern textual cultures of Western Europe. This studentship will be awarded for study commencing in autumn 2012.

The field of the studentship

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Prof Adrian Armstrong (French) and Dr Warren Boutcher (English). S/he will undertake research in the area of western European textual cultures, in the period 1450-1600, engaging with cultural products in at least two vernacular languages (English, French, Dutch, Italian). Appropriate topics might include, for instance: polyglot emblem books; translations of particular literary genres; the transmission of particular authors or books across countries; or the multilingual output of a single publisher.

Charitable funding requirement
Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have secured, and/or that they have firm plans to apply for, funding from charitable bodies to support their doctoral research. It is not essential to have actually obtained such funding, but you must indicate your plans to do so in detail (naming charities to which you intend to apply, etc.). The successful candidate will be required to inform Queen Mary of any charitable funding that s/he secures for the period of the Principal’s Studentship, and the equivalent sums will be deducted from the studentship accordingly.

How to apply for funding

Applications for funding are made at the same time as applications for admission. In order to be considered for funding, you need to submit:
a) An application, including the following:
Online application form – you can submit this either to English or to French, depending on the academic school in which you wish to be located (School of English and Drama, or School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)
Curriculum vitae
Two references
TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)
Research proposal (1200-1500 words plus bibliography if you are applying to French; 3000 words plus bibliography if you are applying to English)
A writing sample in English, only if you are applying to French (flexible word length, but maximum 10,000 words)
Personal statement (optional but recommended)

b) A funding statement, indicating amounts of charitable funding that you have already secured (supported by documentary evidence), and/or the charitable bodies to which you have applied or plan to apply for funding. The total amount of actual or prospective funding must be no less than £15,000 over a period of three years.


The criteria for the appointment of the student will be:
The strength of the candidate’s academic profile and relevant professional experience;
The quality and appropriateness of the proposal;
The ability of the student to complete the project on time;
The credibility of the candidate’s plans to obtain charitable funding. (NB no preference will be given to candidates who have actually obtained funding, as against those who only have plans to do so at this stage.)

The closing date for applications from candidates wishing to be considered for funding from September 2012 is 31 January 2012. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, either face to face or, in the case of overseas applicants, by telephone or Skype. Applicants must be available for interview between 6 and 24 February 2012 (specific dates will be confirmed).

For further information, please contact Prof Adrian Armstrong

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