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BAME PhD Studentship in in English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing or Film Studies

University of Hertfordshire - School of Humanities

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Hatfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Full tuition fee waiver for three years and a bursary at UK Research Council rates which for 2020-2021 will be £15,285
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th November 2020
Closes: 7th December 2020


The University of Hertfordshire’s School of Humanities is committed to supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. BAME students are underrepresented at postgraduate research level within the School, making up 8% of PhD students as opposed to 57% of undergraduate and 34% of postgraduate taught students. Across the sector, BAME individuals account for only 6.5% of academics in English Language and Literature.

To encourage BAME students to consider academic research careers in our disciplines, we are inviting applications from UK-based students who self-identify as BAME for a 3-year, fully funded PhD studentship in any of the disciplines of English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing or Film Studies.

There are many ways to increase diversity in research careers, and we strongly encourage applications from people who identify with additional protected characteristics, those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education, and people who are the first in their family to study at university.

Areas of supervisory expertise

English Literature:

  • eighteenth century literature; Victorian literature; theatrical adaptation and theatre history; modernism; crime writing; Gothic; twentieth-century/contemporary poetry; children's literature; animal studies and the posthuman; pre-1900 and twenty-first century US literature and culture; the US South; race, gender and sexuality; critical theory.

English Language and Linguistics:

  • first and second language acquisition; bilingualism and codeswitching; language processing; specific language impairment; (second language) syntax; pragmatics/semantics; discourse analysis (gender and language; workplace discourse; classroom discourse); identity construction (including second language identity and identity construction online); corpus linguistics (constructing and investigating (bilingual) language corpora, corpus-assisted discourse studies), sociolinguistics; intercultural communication; TEFL/TESOL (including teaching English to young learners; ELT teachers' resilience; students' learning & transition experiences); digitally-mediated interaction; cognitive linguistics.

Film studies:

  • filmmaking theory and practice; documentary film; representations of class; Marxism and film; Third Cinema; radical film theory and practice; the film industry; Hollywood history of the 1910s-1950s; gender, sexuality and film; film and television stardom and fandom; fan magazines.

Creative Writing:

  • poetry; scriptwriting for stage and screen; fiction, with specialisms in historical, literary and genre fiction; and creative non-fiction, including life writing, travel and raising awareness.

Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding amount: Full tuition fee waiver for three years and a bursary at UK Research Council rates which for 2020-2021 will be £15,285.

Duration: Three years

Closing application date: 7 December 2020

Expected start: 1 February 2021

Person specification

To apply for this studentship, you must:

  • Be permanently resident in the UK.
  • Hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master's degree, in a relevant discipline.
  • Self-identify as a BAME student.

Application process

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form.
  • A 2000-word research proposal
  • Two academic references.
  • Copies of qualification certificates and transcripts.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • Certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Please send your application to: You should indicate that you wish to be considered for the 3-year studentship in the subject line of the email.

For enquiries regarding research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire and this application process, please email Ms Lynette Spelman (

For enquiries concerning these studentships please email Dr Rowland Hughes, Associate Dean Research in the School of Humanities (

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