Gibbs PhD Studentship in Christian Theology

The University of Manchester - Department of Religions & Theology

Anticipated start date for project: 17 September 2018

Closing date for applications: 09 February 2018

Information about the project:

Applications are invited for the Mark Gibbs Doctoral Studentship, based in the Department of Religions & Theology in the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures at the University of Manchester. The successful applicant will usually undertake full time doctoral research about Christian churches associated with the ecumenical movement in the United Kingdom and Ireland, but projects about churches in other regions and other faiths are not excluded. Research shall include, among other things, theological reflection on the involvements of lay people in the world outside the church. (If you are unsure if your project fits with this, please e mail Peter Scott for advice.) Lay people holding an M.A. (graded at merit or higher) or equivalent in a relevant subject are invited to apply.

Qualifications applicants should have/expected to receive:

The usual eligibility rules apply to these awards, including having an appropriate master’s degree at merit level. For full details on our entry requirements please see:

Amount of funding available and eligibility:

The studentship, worth £15,000 a year, is awarded to cover fees (in the first instance) and living costs, is tenable for three years from September 2018, and is subject to a probationary period and an annual assessment regarding academic progress.

Nationality restriction:

This funding is available to students from the UK and the EU.

Contact for further information:

The studentship is associated with the Samuel Ferguson chair; informal enquiries may be directed to the present holder of the Ferguson chair, Prof. Peter Scott

How to apply:

First, applicants should apply online for a place on the PhD programme in Religions and Theology in the usual way, by 15 January 2018.

Second, by 9 February 2018, applicants should supply the following:

(1) an up-to-date CV;

(2) a statement describing their doctoral research project (maximum length 2 sides of A4), covering the following issues: (a) intellectual context of the study, (b) aims and objectives of the study, (c) discussion of method, (d) short bibliography (max. 10 items);

(3) a brief statement setting out how the application meets the aims of the Mark Gibbs studentship;

These three documents should be e mailed directly to Prof. Peter Scott, by e mail attachment, to arrive no later than 9 February 2018.

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