Thursday 5 April 2012

Phd Studentship at de Montfort

PhD Studentship

Lives, Letters and Life Writing: Correspondence and Biography in the Nineteenth Century

Department of English and Creative Writing, Faculty of Art, Design & Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester


Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship in any aspect of the study of literary correspondence, biography or autobiography during the nineteenth century (considered broadly as encompassing the period 1780-1910). Possible topics might include an edition of the correspondence of a significant literary figure, the Victorian ‘Lives and Letters’ genre, changing conventions of life-writing in the nineteenth century, archival research and theory as it relates to nineteenth-century collections, and the relation between biographical research and scholarly editing. The successful candidate will work with Professor Tim Fulford, co-general editor of The Collected Letters of Robert Southey, and Dr Joseph Phelan, one of the editors of the Longman Annotated English Poets Poems of Robert Browning.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr Joseph Phelan (

This research opportunity builds on our excellent achievements in the past and looking forward to REF2014 and beyond. It will develop the university’s research capacity into new and evolving areas of study, enhancing DMU’s national and international research partnerships.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject.  Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2012 and provide a bursary of £13,770pa in addition to university tuition fees.

To receive an application pack, please contact the Graduate School Office via email at  Completed applications should be returned together with a full CV and two supporting references.

Please quote ref:  DMU Research Scholarships 2012

CLOSING DATE:  Friday 18 May 2012

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