Category Archives: Research/Job Opportunities

Postgraduate Funding at Royal Holloway – Studentships, Masters by Research Fee Waivers

Postgraduate funding at Royal Holloway, University of London for outstanding students in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

AHRC Studentships
The Department is able to nominate students for the AHRC TECHNE studentship competition. Information about applying for an AHRC TECHNE studentship and an application form can be found on the College AHRC web page. More information about the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership is on the TECHNE website.

College Studentships
Royal Holloway also has a number of College Studentships available. Please note that students who apply for a TECHNE award will be considered automatically for a College Scholarship.

Note that the deadline for Techne and College applications with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is Monday 16th January at 4pm (references must be received by 29th January).

TECHNE is led by Royal Holloway. The other member institutions are: Brighton, Kingston, Roehampton, University of the Arts London, Royal College of Art and Surrey. TECHNE’s vision is to produce highly motivated scholars prepared for careers inside and outside of academia. TECHNE has 14 organisational partners which include the Barbican, The National Archives, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum.

Current research expertise in the School includes: Animal Studies, Ecocriticism and the Anthropocene, Translation, Gender Studies, Trauma Studies, Critical and Cultural Theory, and Globalisation and Consumer Culture. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary projects

For more information visit our website or contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Sarah Wright or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs.


Masters by Research Fee Waiver

Funding for Master of Arts by Research in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is pleased to invite applications for Master of Arts by Research fee waiver (equivalent to a fee waiver at home/EU rate) and bursaries of £1000 (note that these may not be awarded concurrently).

This is a flexible programme offering in-depth, directed research on a topic of your choice which will allow you to gain new insights in critical and literary theory, literature, continental philosophy, film, cultural studies or the visual arts in Comparative Literature and Culture, French, German, Hispanic Studies or Italian. You will receive one-to-one supervision, feedback and support but also benefit from a taught course to hone your skills in critical analysis. As a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway, you will join an energetic research community with the opportunity for personal and research development training.

For more information,contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Sarah Wright or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs.

Previous knowledge of a language is not always necessary. For more information, and for guidelines on submitting a research proposal, click here.

Deadline for Masters by Research fee waiver applications: 20th February 2017 at 4pm.

post-doctoral fellowship: “English in India and Indian literature in the English world”

ERC-funded project “Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: a new approach to world literature”

We are  delighted to advertise a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship on “English in India and Indian literature in the English world”  as part of our ERC project Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: a bottom-up approach to world literature, to begin in September 2016.

This is an exciting opportunity to take part in an ERC-funded project that aims to develop a multilingual approach to literary history, comparing the cases of North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa at three historical “moments”: the late pre-colonial and colonial periods, decolonization, and the last twenty years, when the idea of world literature has gained new intellectual and popular traction and has become more and more associated with English. The successful candidate will have a PhD in one of the following areas: postcolonial English literature with a focus on North India; Indian literature (preferably English and/or Urdu) in the English-speaking world; comparative modern English and Urdu literature. A reading knowledge of a north Indian language (most preferably Urdu) is required.

You will be part of a team of two researchers, three postdocs, and three PhD students working on multilingual North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa. You will lead the research strand on English literature in North India and Indian literature in the English world: you will undertake original research in one or more genres, authors, or problematics of English in India (with special focus on North India), and in the circulation and reception of Indian literature in the English world. You will help develop a paradigm for the study of English literature in north India during the period covered by the project, and for “thinking together” and connecting English and Hindi/Urdu literatures. You will organise and co-ordinate the participation of scholars working on postcolonial/English literature; and help organise project activities in London, Europe and India. You will also take part in the Institute of World Literature summer school and present your findings at seminars, workshops, panels, and conferences, and generally contribute to the manifold activities of the project. Drive, enthusiasm and strong commitment to multilingual literary research are essential. You will be asked to undertaking teaching for up to 3/6 hrs pw during term time.

​For further information about the project and the position, or for details about application, please click here.

The closing date for applications is 21 March 2016.


PhD programmes at Goldsmiths

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, invites applications for September/October 2016 entry to our PhD programmes.

Goldsmiths, University of London, is part of the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (alongside the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, the Open University and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex) and successful applicants for PhD study will be able to apply for studentship funding.
The Department of English and Comparative Literature – one of the largest at Goldsmiths – consists of some 40 scholars and creative writers, whose work is acknowledged and cited internationally. We offer a stimulating environment for undertaking research and scholarship in English (inc. American Literature and literary theory), Comparative Literature, Linguistics, and Creative Writing. We welcome applications from students wishing to pursue research in any of these areas and we particularly encourage cross- and interdisciplinary research in emerging fields of study and creative practice. As well as working with scholars and writers of international standing, you will have the opportunity to play an active role in a vibrant research environment which includes the Richard Hoggart Lectures in Literature and Culture, the annual Goldsmiths Prize for bold and innovative fiction, and specialist seminars and colloquia offered by the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, the Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS), the Goldsmiths Linguistics Seminar (GoldLingS) and the e-journal, GLITS-e.
The Department of English and Comparative Literature promotes an understanding of the value of human culture and creativity that is central to the CHASE vision of postgraduate research and professional development. Our research and training environment encourages our doctoral students to develop interdisciplinary methodologies. In addition, our network of partnerships with leading arts and humanities organisations and creative industries provides an outstanding resource for future CHASE scholars.
Applications for funding will be considered by Goldsmiths, University of London, with the best applicants put forward to four CHASE selection panels. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.
For UK students, these awards cover both fees and maintenance and for EU residents awards are on a fees only basis. The funding will cover professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of public engagement skills and placements with CHASE partner organisations in the UK and overseas.
To be considered for one of these awards, please note that you need to have applied to a PhD programme by 13 January 2016. We encourage you to contact us as early as possible to discuss your proposal.
For enquiries about the PhD in Creative Writing, please Knight. For any enquiries relating to our other PhD programmes, please contact Andreas Kramer.  To see staff expertise, please consult our website.
For full details of the subject areas covered, and how to apply, please see the CHASE website.

MHRA PG Editor and PG Representative

The MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) is looking for a second postgraduate editor for its online journal, MHRA Working Papers in the HumanitiesWorking Papers was launched in 2006 and is aimed at early career researchers and postgraduates.

The successful applicant will serve as a second postgraduate representative to the MHRA Executive Committee, attending three committee meetings per year in London and advising on postgraduate matters, and the position will also involve an element of conference organisation. For further information about the work of the MHRA see

This position starts in January 2016 and ends in December 2017. Whilst unpaid, it offers invaluable experience in the world of academic publishing, as well as representing a chance to work constructively for the future of the Humanities more broadly. Applications are welcome from postgraduates working in any of the ‘modern humanities’, defined as relating to the modern and medieval languages, literatures and cultures of Europe (including English and the Slavonic languages, and the cultures of the European diaspora).

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter (in a single Word file), together with a letter of support from their supervisor, as email attachments to Dr B. Burns (, Honorary Secretary, by 10 December 2015. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be addressed to the current representative, Lucy Russell, at

Transnational Magazine Looking for Translators

The Transnational Magazine is looking for translators, preferably MA or PhD students who intend to work as professional translators later on. The Transnational is a bilingual literature magazine and focuses on political and socio-critical poetry and essays. An interest in these areas and a good command of German (the ability to translate from English into German) is desirable.

Informal enquiries and applications should be sent to

Visit the website for further information.