The Open University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group invites applications for October 2017 entry to its PhD programme.
The Medieval and Early Modern Research Group brings together staff from a variety of disciplines across Arts and Humanities at The Open University, including Art History, Classical Studies, English, History and Music. We have wide-ranging expertise in social, political, religious and cultural developments of the medieval and early modern periods.
We welcome applications for MPhil and PhD studies concerning the primary research interests of our group:
- People and objects in movement: courts and cities
- Symbolic and material witnesses: letters, objects, music and art
- Bodies: religion and medicine
- Elizabethan society: politics, religion, gender
- Uses of the arts, uses of knowledge: The Mediterranean and the Italian states
- Performance and performativity: music, theatre, poetry
- Intellectual, cultural and cross-cultural networks: patronage, production and intermediaries.
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a CHASE AHRC studentship. These awards cover fees and a stipend for students based in the UK, and fees only for EU residents. The studentships are available through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), which brings together the OU, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex.
The university also has a number of faculty-funded studentships (fees and stipend) for part-time and full-time students. All applicants will be considered for any available OU funding.
How to apply
Informal enquiries about studentships and PhD studies should be made to Helen Coffey (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance.
AHRC CHASE PhD Studentships
The Faculty of Arts is pleased to offer Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE). CHASE is matching AHRC funding of £17m and will be awarding more than 375 AHRC-studentships over a five-year period. Up to 75 studentships (part-time or full-time) are available across the consortium for October 2017 entry.
CHASE AHRC studentships are available to UK and EU residents at the Open University in the Faculty’s arts and humanities discipline areas. These include:
- Art History
- Classical Studies
- Creative Writing
- Religious Studies
We particularly welcome proposals that integrate subject-based or interdisciplinary enquiry in the Arts and Humanities with the latest digital humanities methodologies and technologies.
Awards for UK residents include fees and stipend, while EU residents are eligible for fees only.
The university also has a number of faculty-funded studentships (fees and stipend at RCUK rates) for part-time and full-time students. All applicants will be considered for any available funding.
Doctoral Study in the Arts and Humanities at The Open University
The Open University is internationally recognized for innovative research across the Arts and Humanities, including the study of literary, philosophical and visual texts and their reception; the historical investigation of policing, science and religion; and the exploration of performance in music and drama. We host a number of major AHRC- and ESRC-funded research projects. We have a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary work, to national and international public engagement, and to creative partnerships with a range of cultural organisations.
Initially, applications for studentships will be assessed for a place on the Open University’s PhD programme. Successful applicants will then be forwarded to studentship panels for further assessment and ranking.
Please note that the deadline for all postgraduate research degree applications, including for studentships, is 11 January 2017.
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