PhD Studentships in French Studies at the University of Exeter

Posted in graduate students by Editor on October 25, 2015

Niklaus-Cartwright PhD Studentships
University of Exeter

Proposals due by 15 November 2015

Through the generosity of Professor Michael Cartwright (French, Exeter 1960), and the Professor Robert Niklaus fund, established to support and strengthen eighteenth-century French studies, the Department of Modern Languages at Exeter is delighted to be offering excellent funding opportunities for exceptional researchers in the area of French Studies. Three Doctoral Studentships (open to UK/EU students only) will provide full tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant for three years. The maintenance grant will be £14,057 per year. At least one studentship is expected to be awarded in the field of eighteenth-century French studies.

The Department prides itself on its vigorous research culture, in which postgraduate research students play central roles. Our academic staff produce excellent research across a wide variety of disciplines including European and other global literature and culture, Art History and Visual Culture, Film, Linguistics, Medieval studies, Gender studies, and Translation. Modern Languages at Exeter is ranked in the Top Ten within the UK and in the top 150 language departments worldwide. Committed to providing outstanding, research-led teaching, the department maintained its momentum in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) with nearly a third of its research classified as ‘world-leading’—more than double that of the previous assessment. The REF also underlined what a great place Exeter is to pursue research in languages and culture: the department was rated 100% for providing ‘an environment that is conducive to producing research of world-leading (70%) or internationally excellent (30%) quality’. In French we have a wide range of research specialists and research interests, covering many aspects of French literary and visual culture from the medieval to the contemporary, linguistics, and French thought.

Research interests in French

•Specialists in linguistics carry out research in the sociolinguistics and linguistic variation of contemporary French.
•Recent and contemporary writing: including biographical fiction, women’s writing, and modern critical theory.
•Medieval French literature and culture
•Renaissance thought and literature
•French and Francophone cinema
•Seventeenth century literary studies
•Eighteenth and nineteenth-century visual art and literature.

Research carried out by staff in French deals with issues including the reception of Classical myth, sexuality, gender, war and trauma, and questions of ‘race’, citizenship, and national identity.

Entry criteria

We invite applications from candidates with a strong academic background and a clear and engaging research proposal which can be developed through available research supervision. Successful applicants normally have a good first degree (at least 2.1, or international equivalent) in Modern Languages or a Humanities discipline, and have obtained, or are currently working towards, a Masters degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, in Modern Languages or a Humanities discipline. If English is not your native language then you will also need to satisfy our English language entry requirements.

There is a French language requirement for candidates taking up these opportunities. All candidates will have achieved at least A-level French or equivalent.

To apply

To be considered for these doctoral awards, you must complete an online web form where you must submit personal details and upload a full CV, research proposal, transcripts, details of two referees and, if relevant, proof of your English language proficiency, by 15 November 2015. In addition you must also ensure that your referees email their references to the Postgraduate Administrator at humanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk by 15 November 2015. Please note that we will not be contacting referees to request references and so you must arrange for them to be submitted to us by the deadline. References should be submitted by your referees to us directly in the form of a letter. Referees must email their references to us from their institutional email accounts. We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts, unless it is a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee.

Please note that if you have already submitted references to support your application to one of our MPhil/PhD programmes you may re-use these to support your funding application.  However, this is not automatic and you must email us at humanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk to confirm that we have two references on file to support your application, and to request that they be used to support your funding application.

All application documents must be submitted in English. Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided.

For more information contact:
Dr Matt Barber, Graduate School Administrator
College of Humanities Graduate School, University of Exeter
Queen’s Building, The Queen’s Drive
Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QH

For informal enquiries, contact Professor Melissa Percival, M.H.Percival@exeter.ac.uk

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