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Studentships at Reading

The University of Reading is offering Postgraduate Studentships (UK fees plus a maintenance grant at Research Council rates) for students wishing to study for a doctorate in all disciplines in the arts and humanities.

The closing date for applications for studentships and for bursaries is 10 February 2012.

The grants will be awarded in a single competition across the University, on the basis of previous outstanding academic performance and the quality of the proposal for doctoral research. Home, EU and overseas candidates are all eligible to apply. 

For more information and application forms, please visit the following webpage:


German Studies at Reading supports applications from the most promising candidates, and therefore invites preliminary expressions of interest by 25 January 2012.  By that date, interested candidates should send to Dr Daniela La Penna (d.lapenna@reading.ac.uk>), Director of Post-Graduate Studies, Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, the following materials in word format: 

1) a detailed academic Curriculum Vitae, outlining previous qualifications (BA and MA equivalent), degree classification and grades, any relevant publications or awards, and teaching experience.

2) evidence of English-language proficiency (e.g. IELTS scores) for applicants whose first language is not English. 

3) the names of two academic referees. 

4) a detailed outline of the PhD proposal (in English): this will need to be 500-word long for the studentship application. However, we would expect a longer version of around 1,500 words which would accompany the application for entry to the PhD programme. This document will clearly set out the project’s aims, methodology, sources and contribution to the field and will be accompanied by a bibliography.

The successful candidates for the 2012-2013 Faculty-wide competition will join a friendly and highly supportive, intellectually driven and lively Modern Languages PhD community. Some of the PhD students in Modern Languages have won AHRC and other prestigious awards to run high-profile seminar series in the UK and have organized several conferences, both in the UK and abroad.



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