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Funded PhD studentship in Caribbean Studies


Applications are invited for a three-and-half-year (42 months) funded PhD studentship at the University of Warwick starting in autumn 2021. The successful candidate will be based at the university’s Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies (YPCCS) and the research can be into any aspect of the history, literature, culture or societies of the Caribbean.

The Centre for Caribbean Studies was established in October 1984. Its principal aim is to stimulate teaching and research on the Caribbean. It also encourages the study of the Caribbean in an Atlantic context, emphasising African, North and South American, Asian and European influences from a comparative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. Additionally, it serves as a national forum for individuals and organisations with an interest in and concern for the diaspora as well as those countries bordering the Caribbean.

The studentship is tenable for up to three-and-a-half years (full-time), subject to academic progression. It covers tuition fees for Home/European Union students and a stipend. The studentship is funded jointly through the generous endowment provided by Yesu Persaud and the Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research Scholarships (WCPRS) scheme.

International candidates are encouraged to apply but may need to self-fund the difference between the fee rates.

The successful candidate will have additional opportunities for training through CADRE, the Doctoral Training Centre in Warwick's Faculty of Arts.

Applicants should be holders of a good first degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent). A relevant Masters degree, completed or close to completion, is also expected in an area relevant to the proposed area of doctoral research.

Before submitting an application, candidates should identify and make contact with a potential supervisor from among the YPCCS’s academic staff.

Click here for further information about the YPCCS and its activities.

Please send informal inquiries about the studentship to the Acting director of the Centre, Dr Fabienne Viala at

Interested candidates should send a full CV (stating their academic performance) and a 2 page project proposal including a short statement explaining why the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick is a suitable environment for your project. Application documents should be sent to by Monday 27th September.

Please specify ‘PhD studentship in Caribbean Studies’ in your application.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 27th September. Interviews, if required, will take place online.