European Research Council PhD Scholarship: African Literature across Languages and Genres
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (‘Translation and Transcultural Studies’) at Warwick University invites applications for doctoral study commencing in October 2021. An ERC-funded scholarship will be available on a competitive basis for an exceptional candidate meeting our requirements. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers working on the ERC project Philosophy and Genre (PhiGe): Creating a Textual Basis for African Philosophy (led by Professor Alena Rettová, University of Bayreuth) and will be supervised by Professor Rettová and Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture (University of Warwick): Team (uni-bayreuth.de). PhiGe interrogates the role of textual genre in the expression of philosophical meanings. It consists of eight Research Streams, covering a variety of genres in eight languages from several regions in Africa. Although other proposals will be considered, the successful candidate will ideally work on Wolof literature within Research Stream 4 of the project, which delivers a comparative study of African literatures across languages. In addition to working on their doctoral thesis, the candidate will be expected to make contributions to the collaborative activities of the team, give conference presentations, and help to organize team activities in Senegal and Gambia.
The successful candidate will be expected to reflect on the dissemination of modern and contemporary West African thought through a variety of genres and languages. They will adopt a transcultural approach, ideally explore Wolof literature in its different generic manifestations (theatre, poetry, or novel) and examine the transnational and translational factors that have contributed to its expansion in West Africa throughout history.
Supervisory arrangements: The successful candidate will be based at the University of Warwick. They will be supervised jointly by Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture (University of Warwick) and Professor Alena Rettová (University of Bayreuth).
Funding: The funding will cover the fees (full-time study) for 3.5 years at home level and a stipend at UKRC rates. The candidate will be expected to spend the second year of their doctoral programme in West Africa; the fieldwork expenses will also be partly covered from the project. The annual renewal of the funding will be subject to satisfactory progress.
Requirements: linguistic competence in French and English; competence in other relevant languages such as Wolof/or Arabic (or Arabic script) will be an asset; a B.A. (2.1 or equivalent) and preferably a Master’s in a related subject (See: PhD in Translation and Transcultural Studies (warwick.ac.uk) such as philosophy, literature, language and culture, religious studies, or area studies with a focus on Africa.
The application for the PhD scholarship should consist of a CV clearly detailing the candidate’s academic trajectory; a personal statement; a research proposal demonstrating how the candidate's envisaged doctoral research matches the requirements of the project; and the names and contact details of two referees. Please send these materials as attachments in Word or pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org (as below) and ask your referees to send in their references to the same email address and by the same deadline. Applicants should simultaneously apply for a place of study on the PhD programme in Translation and Transcultural Studies (course code: P-Q3PG ) on the University of Warwick’s online application system, following the link from: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/research/submit_application, entering personal and study details as required. You may upload the same research proposal and personal statement as for the scholarship application.
For any information on this PhD scholarship, please contact Pierre-Philippe Fraiture: email@example.com
Deadline: The closing date for applications is 21 June 2021 (23:59), with interviews to be conducted online on 06 July 2021. The candidate will be expected to start their doctoral programme in October 2021. The scholarship application materials and references should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘ERC PhD Scholarship: African Literature across Languages and Genres’ in the subject heading.
PhD funding opportunities for International Students
- Chancellor's International Scholarships: the scheme is aimed at students from outside the UK and includes Overseas applicants, including students from the EU.
- China Scholarship Council / University of Warwick Scholarships: this scheme will fund 25 students across various subjects for up to 4 years, with the University covering the full cost of tuition fees and CSC providing a maintenance stipend and return international airfare between the UK and China. Note that Foreign Languages and Literature is among the priority areas listed.
- Monash Warwick Alliance Scholarships (Warwick): this scheme is open to all students applying to Warwick for the Alliance Joint PhD. For 2021/22 entry there will be up to 3 scholarships available across the university.
The deadlines for these schemes are all on Thursday 21st January 2021, 23.59 GMT. Note that all supporting evidence (including transcripts and references) must be uploaded by the same time.
We welcome applications for our PhD programmes in:
- French and Francophone Studies
- German Studies
- Hispanic Studies
- Translation and Transcultural Studies
Prospective applicants are encouraged to identify possible supervisors through our staff expertise pages. Early enquiries are strongly encouraged. Please send a draft proposal (up to 2 A4 pages) and CV to email@example.com by Friday 27 November 2020, 12 noon.
We continue to welcome enquiries also for the AHRC Midlands4Cities doctoral awards (deadline 13 January 2021).
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) at the University of Warwick is pleased to invite applications for doctoral study commencing in September 2020.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick invites applications to the university’s annual funding competition for doctoral students, for entry in October 2018. We are also pleased to announce that, in addition to these university-funded awards, we shall make up to 4 further awards of Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding home/EU applicants: up to 2 for commencement of study on 1 July 2018 and up to 2 for entry in October 2018.
The University of Warwick’s Institute for Advanced Study has today opened its call for applications under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme (deadline: 30th November 2017). The fellowships offer successful applicants two years at Warwick, starting in September 2018. These fellowships are intended to be strongly linked to Warwick’s Global Research Priorities. As such, Warwick's School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) strongly encourages applications tied especially to the ‘Connecting Cultures’ priority.
Warwick's School of Modern Languages and Cultures welcomes expressions of interest for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. Please click on the headline to find out how to apply by the internal deadline of 15 January 2018.
Dr James Hodkinson and Professor Karen Leeder (Oxford) launch a creative writing competition on Monday 25 Sept.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick welcomes expressions of interest from early-career researchers who would like to apply to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme in 2016-17. Closing date for proposals: 16th September 2016.
This year’s winners (and the conferences they will organise) are as follows:
Rebecca Carnevali and Gloria Moorman (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance)
‘More than meets the page: Printing Text and Images in Italy 1570s-1700s’
Liam Lewis and Jane Sinnett-Smith (French)
‘Bodies in Flux: Rewriting the Body in Medieval Literature, Art and Culture 1000-1450
Gianmarco Mancosu (Italian)
‘Trespassing the Borders: Redefining Postcolonialism from Peripheral Experiences’
The winners of the competition are each given a research budget of £400 and a conference budget of £600, and are invited to organise a one-day interdisciplinary conference during the following academic year.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to offer three bursaries to suitably qualified MA applicants for the 2016-17 academic year. These bursaries cover fees only, at the home/EU rate. Any home/EU applicant for any of the Masters courses offered in the School is eligible to apply for one of these bursaries.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick invites applications to the university’s annual funding competition for doctoral students, for entry in 2016-17.
Postdoctoral project fixed-term post in French Theatre of the Napoleonic era
You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field, excellent French, experience of conducting archival research, and a commitment to working as part of a team to develop our understanding of theatre of the period. Familiarity with early 19th-century theatre and/or press is desirable.
Informal enquiries to Dr Katherine Astbury, School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies, University of Warwick. Email: Katherine.Astbury@warwick.ac.uk
Four PhD students in the School have been successful in their bids to win funding from Warwick's Humanities Research Centre to stage their own events and projects.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick again welcomes applications for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme.
The Department of French Studies at the University of Warwick currently has a thriving postgraduate research community with 18 PhD students, and welcomes applications for the following fully-funded PhD studentships (academic fees at home/Euro rates + maintenance or academic fees at overseas rates + maintenance) commencing October 2014.
* 3 prestigious Wolfson Foundation Scholarships in the Humanities recently awarded to the University in the areas of History, Literature and Languages. The first 2 Warwick Wolfson Languages Scholarships in 2012 and 2013 have gone to students from French Studies. The Wolfson scholarships include £6000 a year to spend on research travel, books, etc.
* 25 University-wide Chancellor's scholarship studentships for entry October 2014. Funding is for 3 1/2 years and covers academic fees at either home or EU rates + maintenance.
* 25 University-wide International Chancellor's scholarship studentships for entry October 2014. Funding covers academic fees at oveseas rates + maintenance.
The competitions are combined; applicants only apply once and will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible. More information about the application process can be found here.
To be considered for these awards, you must have applied for admission to the University by 13 January 2014.
Potential candidates should make contact initially with the Department's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Katherine Astbury: firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably as soon as possible but by mid-December at the latest in order to allow sufficient time to work on the research proposal before the funding deadline.
Departmental support for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship applications
The Department of French Studies at the University of Warwick will give vigorous support to outstanding early-career applications to this year's British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme.
We encourage eligible candidates working in appropriate subject areas to select Warwick as the host institution, and to benefit from the support and guidance of both Department and Faculty expertise when preparing the application. All initial or informal enquiries should be directed to the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Kate Astbury (email@example.com). Draft applications should then reach the Department by 22 September, for eventual submission to the British Academy by their deadline of 9 October.
The Department energetically maintains a long-standing commitment to interdisciplinary research in French and francophone literature, history, thought, and culture across a wide chronological range from the Middle Ages to the present.
Departmental members are also strongly engaged in several key University research centres, including the Centre for Caribbean Studies, the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, the Centre for Research in the History of Medicine, the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, the Eighteenth Century Centre, and the Humanities Research Centre.
Details of our research activities and strengths can be viewed here.
Details of the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme can be viewed here.
Eligibility criteria are as follows:
1.Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
2.Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (for the 2013-2014 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2011; or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2014)
3.Applicants in the 2013-2014 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2011 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered
4.Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than six months) at a UK university.