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Department of Italian PhD Bursary Competition

The Italian Department at the University of Warwick is offering a single bursary for the new PhD programme starting in October 2009.

The bursary lasts for three years and covers all academic fees at the Home-EU student level. In addition, the successful applicants will receive a maintenance grant of £11,000 per year for the three years of the award.

The bursary will be assigned on the basis of previous outstanding academic performance and the quality of the research proposal.

The successful bursary holder will be expected to teach in the Department up to a maximum of 6 hours per week (this may include Italian language) during term time as part of the conditions of the award.

The Department has a vibrant PhD research culture, ranging from Dante to twenty-first century Italophone writing and received outstanding results in the Research Assesment Exercise 2008, being ranked third nationally with 60% of its research publications assessed as 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent'.

How to Apply

All potential applicants should contact the Head of the Department of Italian, Dr Simon Gilson ( before submitting a formal application.

To qualify for the bursary competition you must complete the Warwick online application form for a PhD in Italian by 1st June 2009.

In addition to completing the online application, candidates should also provide, again by 1st June, the following:

  • a detailed CV, outlining previous academic qualifications (BA and MA equivalent), grades, notable academic achievements, relevant teaching experience, etc.
  • a detailed outline of the PhD proposal (in English): 1500 words (including bibliography) setting out the project’s aims, methodology, sources and contribution to the field.
  • two academic references (preferably in English) commenting on the candidate’s past performance and scholarly potential: referees should use the University’s electronic submission procedure, but should also email their references to Dr David Lines (

The CV and PhD proposal should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to the address below:

Mrs Harpal Singh
Departmental Secretary

Department of Italian
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom