PhD Studentships in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature at the University of Leicester

The School of English, University of Leicester, welcomes applications, through the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Programme, from potential PhD students interested in the literature, culture and thought of the early modern period (1500-1750). Current staff have research and teaching interests in topics including literature and medicine, political thought, reading networks, the classical tradition, textual editing, religious writing, the history of emotion, crime, libertinism, early modern London, libraries and collecting, censorship, and in authors such as Donne, Greville, Burton, Milton, Marvell, Pepys, Rochester and Defoe.

Further information about staff interests can be found at:

Funding for these studentships is conditional on successful application to the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Programme. The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. The DTP, a collaboration between several Midlands Universities, provides research candidates with the potential for cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for and developing a career. Research skills training in early modern editing, book history, palaeography and Latin will be available to successful applicants. For full details, see their website:

The deadline for AHRC funding applications is 9 January 2014, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have provided two references to a university within the DTP. For further details about the particulars of the AHRC scheme, please email Professor Philip Shaw

For informal enquiries concerning areas of interest, please email Professor Martin Dzelzainis (