Berry PhD Scholarship in Renaissance Studies

University of St Andrews - School of English

This PhD scholarship covers home tuition fees (currently around £4200) and a living allowance of approximately £20,000pa, over the course of three years (up to a total of £80,000). 

The School of English at St Andrews is pleased to invite applications for the Berry Scholarship in Renaissance Studies. This PhD scholarship covers home tuition fees (currently around £4200) and a living allowance of approximately £20,000pa, over the course of three years (up to a total of £80,000). Highly qualified applicants with previous studies in early modern literature are eligible to apply; applicants from Scotland are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will begin study in September 2018. (See 'Deadline' section below for details about the flexibility of the start date.)

The successful candidate will undertake research in Renaissance and early modern literary studies: areas of particular interest are translation studies, book history, the history of poetry and poetics, and French-English literary relations. The Berry Scholar's primary supervisor will be Professor A. E. B. Coldiron in the School of English. The student is expected to devote full time to research and writing, as well as to present findings at the appropriate time in suitable scholarly venues such as conferences and publications. In the second and third year, the student may have opportunities to gain teaching experience, subject to satisfactory progress, and will receive academic career advice and preparation.

The application is in two parts.

  • Part Two is specific to the Berry Scholarship. Once having applied to the School of English, applicants should send the following documents directly to Professor Coldiron at
  1. a prospectus for the PhD thesis to be undertaken, explaining the proposed project and what it promises to contribute to the current state of Renaissance literary studies; this document may overlap somewhat with the School of English writing sample. Please do not exceed 9,000 words.
  2. a month-by-month timeline of work planned for the three-year project
  3. any plans for publication of findings, if appropriate
  4. specific evidence of foreign-language fluency or fluencies, as relevant to the proposed project

Finalists will be invited to interview in person, by Skype, or by other electronic means, at a mutually convenient time soon after the closing date.

The criteria for selection:

  • the strength of the candidate’s academic profile and relevant professional experience, including evidence of relevant foreign-language fluencies;
  • the quality and appropriateness of the proposal;
  • the ability of the student to complete the project on time;
  • evidence of the candidate’s commitment, engagement, and critical ambition.


Applications will be accepted beginning 1 December 2017, with entry date as early as September 2018. Part One (study application) closing date 20 January 2018. Part Two (scholarship application) closing date 1 February 2018. Applicants requesting a start date of September 2018 will be notified of a decision by 1 March 2018. We reserve the right not to award the scholarship until an appropriate pool of applicants has been reviewed. Entry in September 2019 may also be possible.

Applicants not chosen for the Berry Scholarship in Renaissance Studies may still be eligible to receive other funding from the School of English.

For initial inquiries about a project's suitability for this award, please contact Professor Coldiron (

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