News: PhD Studentships in Medieval Literature and Medieval Studies, University of York

Closing date 27th January 2014

PhD Studentships in Medieval Literature and Medieval Studies,
University of York.

2 x fully-funded positions

Department of English and Centre for Medieval Studies and participating in the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership) – University of York

Closing date for applications: 27 January 2014 (including receipt of references and transcripts).

Applications are invited for two PhD studentships, available from October 2014. Studentships are funded by the Centre for Medieval Literature (CML).

CML is funded by the Danish National Research Foundation until 2022. It is jointly based at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU in Odense) and the University of York (UK).

CML takes an integrated European approach to medieval literature from Scandinavia to the Middle East. Research is organised into three areas: languages, fictionality, and canon formation. The work of CML is interdisciplinary (literature and history) in studying texts as embedded within social relationships. We also attend to modern receptions of medieval literature.

Successful candidates for studentships will be committed to:

  1. Collaboration which unites scholarship across disciplines and languages
  2. Creating a shared research environment across SDU and York
  3. Situating the work of their PhD within a wider European framework.

This opportunity is for studentships at York, those at SDU will be announced later.  Students may apply to both York and SDU.

CML research programme and organisation:

Students will participate in WRoCAH (White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities), an AHRC doctoral training partnership. Details of WRoCAH and the structure of the PhD programme are available here: CML and WRoCAH will provide exceptional opportunities for training (including in languages and paleography), career development, collaboration and internationalisation.

PhDs based at York will work with Professor Elizabeth Tyler ( Topics can be single or co-supervised at York or across York and SDU. Co-supervision with any of the participants in the CML ( or member of the Centre for Medieval Studies ( or the Department of English ( is encouraged. You will be expected to spend at least a term in Odense.

The studentship will cover EU/Home tuition fees and stipend (£13,726 per annum), tenable for three years and two months.

Teaching Opportunities

Students will normally be offered teaching in their second or third year.


You are strongly advised to contact Professor Elizabeth Tyler ( in advance of making an application.

For more information and to submit an application, please see here.

Students proposing to work on a single-discipline literature topic follow the Department of English procedures ( For work on an interdisciplinary topic follow the Centre for Medieval Studies procedures (

In addition to describing your research topic, your proposal should include a statement of what you think you could contribute to the teamwork that is an important aspect of the CML. PhD students will normally already hold or be studying for an MA.

Under ‘Financial Support’ on the application form, state: CML studentship.

Candidates resident in the UK should be available for interview in the first week of February 2014.

Applicants for the CML studentships do not need to apply to WRoCAH. Successful CML PhDs will automatically be enrolled in WRoCAH. You may apply to both CML and WRoCAH for funding. Students offered a CML studentship who also apply to WRoCAH must withdraw from the WRoCAH competition if they accept CML funding.


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