Employment: John Rylands Research Institute Scholarships

Deadline: 16 May 2014

The John Rylands Research Institute is pleased to offer two three-year PhD scholarships, which will focus on an aspect of the University of Manchester Library’s outstanding Special Collections. The candidate must have a very good first degree (at least a high 2i) and an MA at Merit, or higher, in a field relevant to the Special Collections with which he or she wishes to work. Fluent written and spoken English is essential, while knowledge of other languages relating to the Special Collections is desirable.

The candidate will be affiliated to the John Rylands Research Institute, but is also expected to take part in graduate activities of the department within which his or her subject falls. He or she will be expected to identify and approach a supervisor, following which a panel will be selected depending on the subject area. The candidate will also work in close collaboration with other colleagues at the Institute.
The topic of the PhD dissertation must relate to the Special Collections. The following priority areas have been identified for 2014/15:

Revolutions in Print.

World-leading collections of early printed books, illustrating the transition from manuscript to print, covering all major presses and centres of book production; outstanding collection of Aldines; also xylographic printing; Internationally significant collections of proclamations, broadsides, journals, monographs regarding the French Revolution; Internationally significant collections of printed books relating to the Protestant Reformation; Revolutions in the transmission of art and visual culture from drawings, paintings and illuminations to visual print culture (relief, intaglio, planographic and screen printing) and photography.

Science and Medicine

Major archives relating to 19th-century chemistry and physics, e.g. John Dalton, Edward Frankland, James Joule, Henry Roscoe, Arthur Schuster; Major archives relating to 20th-century technological innovations, such as the National Archive for the History of Computing, and the Jodrell Bank Observatory Archive; Internationally significant printed collections relating to the history of medicine, 16th–20th centuries; Nationally significant collections relating to medical illustration, e.g. Thomas Radford anatomical drawings.

Religions

World-leading archive and print collections relating to the development of Methodism in Britain and the Americas; Nationally/internationally significant archive and print collections relating to other denominations and groups, e.g. Brethren, Unitarians, Congregationalists, Baptists; World-leading collections of Bibles, with printed Bibles in over 400 languages, and hymns, with John Rylands’s collection of over 50,000 hymns; Internationally significant collections of sacred texts, liturgies, devotional literature, etc., relating to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and other faiths.

You must first approach and obtain approval from your proposed supervisor, detailing a project that will utilise the Special Collections. You must then apply to the PhD programme of the department within which your proposed subject falls, using the University’s online application form. This must include the standard supporting documentation: research proposal; academic references; transcripts; degree certificate(s); English language test certificate (where applicable). Please indicate on the online application form (under the heading ‘Funding’) that you would like to be considered for this scholarship. You will be asked to submit a research proposal of no more than 1000 words (the word-count to include footnotes but exclude bibliography), detailing how you would approach your research topic.

For general guidance, please contact the Institute’s research administrator, Miss Carla Liburd. For subject specific guidance, please contact the relevant curator or supervisor.
The award will cover Home/EU fees and maintenance of £14,726 (in line with the AHRC) for the academic year 2014/15, starting in September 2014.

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