PhD scholarship on Literature c.1914


The poet Edward Thomas c.1905

Emerging Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following:

Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Award, Liverpool Hope University

Research Supervisors: Dr Guy Cuthbertson and Associate Professor William Blazek

Research Topic: The Literature of the First World War

Closing Date: 14 March 2016

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Guy Cuthbertson and Associate Professor William Blazek, both of whom have published widely in the field of First World War literature.  They will consider proposals on any aspect of First World War literature, but their own research has been focused on the literature of Britain and the USA.  A focus on Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, the Georgians, Edwardian legacies, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, other American writers, or life-writing would be especially welcome. Liverpool Hope has excellent library resources for the study of the First World War.

Please contact Guy Cuthbertson at if you would like to discuss a proposal.

This award will cover full tuition fees and a monthly maintenance grant each year for a maximum of three years of full-time doctoral study (subject to evidence of satisfactory progress and periodical review as deemed suitable by the supervisory team).

Successful candidates will also be expected to support some light teaching (no more than 6 hours per week) as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).

Please note: As the successful candidates will undertake a PhD through full-time study there will be an expectation for you not to take an external commitment or job during the duration of the PhD studies. The only work that the candidates will be permitted to undertake is the GTA role for providing teaching support.

Entry Criteria

Applicants applying for PhD should normally possess a Masters degree which matches the descriptor for a Level 7 qualification in the UK Framework of Higher Education Qualifications, and compromises:

EITHER a Masters Degree with Distinction from a UK University;

OR a Masters degree with Merit from a UK University, INCLUDING a Distinction grade for the Dissertation [or equivalent];

OR a Masters Degree from a UK University that does not offer awards with Merit, the Registrar having confirmed that the profile of marks awarded by that University satisfies or exceeds Liverpool Hope University’s requirements for the award of a Master’s Degree with Merit, AND that the Dissertation [or equivalent] was awarded a Distinction grade;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

How to apply

Applicants must apply via our online application system.  Please see the ‘Apply Now’ tab:

In the first instance, applicants must go through our ‘Expression of Interest Stage’ this is normally reserved to general applications for candidates proposing the topic. As the topic is pre-set – please enter into the following statement in the expression of interest box: ‘Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship’ only.

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