UCD Centre for Cultural Analytics is seeking applications for a number of doctoral scholarships to commence in the academic year 2021-22 as part of the ERC funded project, European Migrants in the British Imagination: Victorian and Neo-Victorian Culture (VICTEUR)

 

Description

This project analyses the role of migration and migrants in the dynamics of cultural change and continuity, examining intra-European migration to Victorian Britain through a combination of literary scholarship and advanced text mining techniques. The first phase of the project will focus on 3 case studies - the representation and cultural production of  Irish, Eastern European Jewish, and Italian migrants. The project will also examine in detail the relationship between gender and ethnic identities within the texts and the impact of authorial gender on representations of migrants by British and migrant writers. 

 

Two doctoral scholarships are available in UCD Centre for Cultural Analytics to work on the VICTEUR project.  Each PhD student will develop their own independent doctoral thesis, but will work within an interdisciplinary project team in the UCD School of English, Drama, and Film and SFI Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Doctoral students will join a vibrant interdisciplinary research community, with regular seminars, workshops, and symposia. All necessary training in digital methodologies and research communication will be provided, as will support for international conference participation. The scholarships will cover EU fees and a maintenance grant of €18,000 p.a. for 4 years.

 

Mandatory Criteria for Scholarships

Scholarship 1 

MA in English Literature or equivalent (high MA result of 2:1- 1:1 or GPA above 3.2)

Evidence of a strong interest in Victorian fiction

Commitment to developing a high degree of proficiency in cultural analytics methodologies

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

IELTS score of 8, if English is not your first language

 

Scholarship 2 

MA in English Literature, Gender Studies or equivalent (high MA result of 2:1- 1:1 or GPA above 3.2)

Evidence of a strong interest in the role of gender in culture

Commitment to developing a high degree of proficiency in cultural analytics methodologies

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

IELTS score of 8, if English is not your first language

 

Desirable Criteria for 1 and 2

MA dissertation in related research area.

Experience of collaborating with researchers from other disciplines or interdisciplinary training.

Completion of digital humanities or related training.

 

Application

Send the following by June 18th to Professor Gerardine Meaney (gerardine.meaney@ucd.ie)

 

  1. Up to date CV, including academic qualifications, work experience, and indication of language proficiencies.
  2. Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this field of research, your motivation in applying for this particular scholarship, long term career goals, and any other information you think is relevant (max. 1000 words)
  3. Sample of your academic writing (max. 3000 words)
  1.   Names of 2 academic referees, ideally including one from MA dissertation supervisor.

Please ask your referees to send their references direct to gerardine.meaney@ucd.ie by June 23rd.

 

Successful applicants will develop their individual proposal relevant to the project theme in the first trimester of their studies. Before application, candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the structured PhD process at UCD

https://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/researchstudenthub/researchprogrammes/keypointsonresearchprogrammes/phdinanutshell/