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PhD Studentship in Samuel Beckett Studies at the Samuel Beckett Research Centre

University of Reading - Department of English Literature, or Department of Film, Theatre, and Television

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Reading
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Funding covers full tuition fees plus stipend of £10000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th March 2019
Closes: 24th April 2019
Reference: GS19-039

Supervisors: TBC, depending on the topic of the successful project  

Project Overview:

The long-term vision for the Mary Bryden Samuel Beckett Studentship is to nurture and support the next generation of Beckett Scholars who will, in perpetuity, promote interdisciplinary research on Beckett and promote his relevance to global issues, from issues such as mental health to “post-truth” politics. As part of the aim of the Mary Bryden Samuel Beckett Studentship, we would like the recipient to work in the Beckett archives at Special Collections, University of Reading, in order to increase their own skills and experience, and to enable the production of unique and original research in the final thesis.

It will be a requirement that the holder of the Mary Bryden Studentship take an active leadership role (up to 6 hours per week) in regard to the world-leading Beckett Collection at Special Collections. This role might involve (but is not restricted to) hosting visiting scholars; introducing visitors to the archive; and/or the opportunity to lead workshops and public exhibitions. Full mentorship will be provided for this aspect of the Studentship requirement.


  • Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor Degree or equivalent in English Literature or in Film, Television, and Theatre Studies

Funding Details:   

  • Starts September 2019
  • 3 year award
  • Funding covers full tuition fees plus stipend of £10000 per annum

How to apply:   

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in  English Literature, or in Film, Theatre and Television, at

*Important notes*

  • Please quote the reference ‘GS19-039’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Application Deadline:  24th April 2019

Further Enquiries:  

Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria. 

For further details please contact Professor Steven Matthews, Centre Director:

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