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Three Generously Funded PhD Fellowships (Classical Influences and Irish Culture)

University of Aarhus - Faculty of Arts

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Please see details below
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th January 2020
Closes: 15th March 2020

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, Denmark, in collaboration with the European Research Council, invites applications for up to three fully-funded PhD fellowships in Classical Influences and Irish Culture provided the necessary funding is available. These PhD fellowships are available as of 1 September 2020 for a period of up to three years. The candidates who are awarded one the fellowships must commence their PhD degree programme on 1 September 2020. The PhD fellowships will be financed by the two parties.

The PhD fellowships are advertised under the auspices of the ERC project Classical Influences and Irish Culture. This research project aims to investigate the sustained diachronic relevance of material from classical Greece and Rome to the formation of Irish identities from the medieval period to the present day. The project is structured around nine central themes: Language; Land; Migration; Troy; Satire; Neoplatonism; Female Voices; Material Culture; Global Influence. It is expected that successful applicants will produce research related to one or more of these themes. Candidates are encouraged to consult to gain further insights into how their existing research may intersect with the project themes.

Position requirements:

  • A completed two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) in a relevant field, awarded no later than 31 August 2020
  • Some academic background in classical studies
  • A compelling research proposal contributing to the aims of the project Classical Influences and Irish Culture
  • Ability to conduct independent research
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Position responsibilities:

  • Conducting, producing and disseminating research (e.g. through conference presentations) related to the project
  • Daily presence at Aarhus University during the working week, unless on off-campus research trips
  • Attendance at interdisciplinary events organized by the project team
  • Data entry of relevant information to the project database. No experience necessary. Applies only to research projects of a literary nature.

The PhD fellowship package includes:

  • A generous monthly salary in line with the fixed salary scale for PhD students
  • Free tuition
  • Office space and inclusion as members of academic staff in the hosting department
  • Access to Danish healthcare and childcare facilities, if relevant
  • Additional funding for research and conference travel
  • A compulsory period of research outside of Denmark during the programme, with financial support
  • Opportunities for networking with experts from the project’s advisory board.

Successful applicants will be registered in Aarhus University’s PhD Programme for Art, Literature, and Cultural Studies at the School of Communication and Culture.

The PhD positions are advertised as ‘5+3’. This assumes the completion of a three-year Bachelor’s followed by a two year Master’s (5 years) in relevant fields, leading to a three year PhD. Candidates with a four-year Bachelor’s are eligible to apply but only if they have also completed a two-year Master’s or can provide evidence of an equivalent qualification.

No knowledge of Danish is required for these positions, and Denmark can be experienced as an Anglophone country in terms of daily life.  

For more information and to apply for one of these positions, please click on the 'Apply' link above. Queries may also be addressed to Professor Isabelle Torrance,

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2020 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).

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