PhD Studentship: Oxford Brookes University - Department of English and Modern Languages

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Oxford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,000
Hours: Full Time

Placed on: 3rd November 2014
Closes: 24th November 2014

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
To mark its 150th Anniversary, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in January 2015. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in ‘Melancholy Past, Melancholy Present’: Renaissance History of Women’s Melancholia through archival, literary and dramatic sources. The supervisory team will be led by Dr Katharine Craik, Reader in Early Modern Literature (1500-1750). The aim of the research project is to shed light from fresh historical perspectives on the major contemporary problems of clinical depression. Drawing on a range of literary, dramatic and archival sources, the project seeks to explore the forms of knowledge which melancholia involved in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and to consider the contribution such knowledge may make to public health today. A full project description will be provided in the application pack.

The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £14,000 for a maximum of three years to cover Home/EU fees (currently £3,966 per annum) and provide a stipend towards living expenses.

As a successful applicant, you will be supported by an inter-disciplinary team and will join a supportive and research-active Department. For more information on the Department of English and Modern Languages, visit

Eligibility: Applications are invited from Home/EU students only. We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Monday 24th November

Interview date: Interviews will be held on in the week commencing 8th December.

Start date: January 26th 2015

How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact the Research Administrator, Charmian Hearne. Please specify which studentship you are applying for.