The Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Romans - Examining Manuscripts to Create a Critical Edition of the Commentary

University of Birmingham - School of Philosophy Theology and Religion

Supervisor(s) Dr Hugh Houghton

Funding availability:  University-funded PhD project (UK, EU, Overseas (non-EU))

Project Description:
As part of the European Research Council-funded CATENA project, funding is available for a full-time PhD project studentship to begin on 1st October 2018. The award provides a stipend of £20,500 per annum for three years.

The student will examine manuscripts of the Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Romans and transcribe and collate selected witnesses in order to make a critical edition of the commentary and its biblical text.

The student should have an excellent first degree in a relevant subject such as New Testament or Classics, and is also expected to have completed or be in the process of completing a Master’s degree. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in New Testament Greek; experience of working with ancient or medieval manuscripts and knowledge of editorial technique are also desirable. Candidates are expected to be computer literate.

The principal supervisor of the project will be Dr Hugh Houghton, assisted by another member of the project team.

The successful applicant will benefit from:

  • A fully-funded three-year PhD (stipend of £20,500 per annum) in a leading UK university
  • Guidance from experts in the field and research training from the University of Birmingham Graduate School
  • Work space and resources to attend and present at conferences
  • A vibrant research environment in the Department of Theology and Religion and its specialist research Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing

Funding notes:
The award includes funding for a full-time PhD project studentship to begin on 1st October 2018. The award covers stipend of £20,500 per annum.

Please note, course fees are not included separately and will be payable. Fees for 2018/19 are £4,270 full-time for UK/EU students or £16,320 full-time for international students.

Contact for enquiries: Informal enquiries may be addressed to

To apply, please send a C.V. and a writing sample of up to 5,000 words, together with a covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentship and the names of two referees to

Please quote reference: CATENA01

The closing date for applications is 9th April 2018. Interviews will be conducted in Birmingham or by video-conference in the week of 29th April 2018.

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