PhD Studentship

PhD studentship at Northumbria University: Nineteenth-Century Literature in the Atlantic World


Application Deadline: 28 January 2018


For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see:

The relatively new research area of Atlantic literary studies, pioneered by scholars such as Susan Manning, Andrew Taylor and Paul Giles, has become increasingly important in our technological age. We live in a connected word and Atlantic literary studies is a research area that addresses the need to read literature out of its geographical place and to make connections between literatures in English on either side of the Atlantic; the area is concerned with studies of literary relations between Europe, the Americas and Africa. This research project reflects an interest in the area’s interdisciplinarity through a focus on literature in a global context. It seeks to consider dialogues and exchanges which transcend national boundaries. It expands and extends our understanding of writing in this century and opens up new ways of interpreting the literary cultures of this period.

We invite applications from students studying any area of literary culture in the nineteenth century, with a view to responding to literature of the Atlantic World. Topics might include studies of transatlantic romanticisms, nineteenth-century women writers in the Atlantic World, transatlantic mobilities and the Black Atlantic; proposals are encouraged on other topics that might be included in this field. Proposals will also be considered for studies in American literature on American Transcendentalism and in the long nineteenth-century in American poetry, essays and fiction.

Northumbria University boasts research strengths in the nineteenth century and in American Studies out of which this interdisciplinary area has grown. It has a large and lively postgraduate community in the Humanities; our PhD students benefit from generous research space and resources in the recently expanded Glenamara Centre as well as the new Institute of the Humanities. PhD students develop a portfolio of skills and competencies through the Humanities Training Programme, the Teaching Shadowing Scheme, the annual PhD conference and the Graduate School’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme. In addition, students are provided with a research allowance for conference attendance and travel as well as funding to support the organisation and development of research networks, conferences and seminar series.

English, the international journal of literary studies from the English Association is edited by a team from within Northumbria University, and successful candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the editing process.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

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.

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 (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 28 January 2018

Start Date: 1 October 2018

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2017/18, this is £14,553 pa) and fees.




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PhD Studentship

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