PhD Studentship/Research Assistant 2016-2018 (fees only)

Closing date: 30th November 2015

School of English, College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences, University College Cork

 Research Area: Post-1900/Contemporary American Literature


Applications are invited for a fixed-term studentship from suitably qualified candidates who wish to undertake PhD research in the School of English, in the subject area of post-1900/ contemporary American literature, starting in January 2016. A PhD studentship of €5,770 per annum will be offered, covering PhD EU fees*, funded for 3 years, subject to the holder’s satisfactory progress as reviewed yearly by the School Graduate Studies Committee. The successful applicant will be assigned occasional research administrative duties on behalf of his/her supervisor, as part of his/her appointment.


Qualifications and person specification

Applicants must hold a first-class or good upper-second-class honours BA degree in the discipline of English. Candidates who also have a good MA or MPhil degree will be given preference. Candidates who have a proven interest in the fields of twentieth- or twenty-first-century American literature will be given preference. The successful applicant will be committed to doctoral research and have excellent academic writing abilities and strong research potential. They must be energetic, self-motivated and well-organised, with good communication skills.


How to apply and closing date

Please email a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words, a CV (including precise degree grades), and details of two academic referees by 30 November 2015 to: Anne Fitzgerald, Administrator, School of English, UCC:

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Alan Gibbs, Lecturer in American Literature, School of English, UCC:



* The studentship may be used as a fee waiver for EU fees, a contribution towards non-EU fees or, if the applicant’s fees are being paid by a third party, as a stipend.