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PhD Scholarship in Contemporary Irish Literature and Publishing, UCD School of English, Drama and Film

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  • Job Type: Contract,
  • Job Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Expires: 06/11/2023
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The School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin is pleased to
announce a doctoral scholarship to work as part of a funded project under the
supervision of Dr Tim Groenland with co-supervisor Professor Margaret Kelleher.
The award includes a stipend of €19,000 per annum (for a maximum of four years,
renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress), and a contribution to fees,
including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum. A budget for
conference travel and necessary equipment is also available. For more information
about the School, please go to:

You can find Dr Groenland’s research profile here:


Project Description

The project, “The Publishing Infrastructures of Contemporary Anglophone
Literature,” has been funded by a Science Foundation Ireland/Irish Research Council
Pathway Award. It will conduct a comparative study of publishing infrastructures
across three different Anglophone territories – Ireland, the US, and Britain – to
identify how those infrastructures shape contemporary literature. The project will use
a range of methodologies including literary scholarship, author and other stakeholder
interviews, and cultural analytics to analyse the infrastructures mediating literary
culture today. Drawing on the recent turn towards literary sociology and the study of
literary institutions, it will identify and analyse the key forces mediating and shaping
contemporary literary publishing. By focusing on case studies and using social
network analysis to map the networks through which books are created and sold, the
project will discern patterns of influence, affiliation, and circulation, producing
insights into how literary works move through national and global circuits of
production and communication.


Scholarship Description

The doctoral student will study the Irish literary field in detail, using the tools of
cultural analytics to focus on specific case studies in Irish publishing and creating
datasets to generate new information and insights into the composition and
functioning of the Irish literary field. The student will work with the Supervisor and
supervisory committee to develop an independent PhD thesis on this topic, with the
provisional title “A Study of the Irish Publishing Industry through Social Network
Analysis, 2008-2023.” The student will be embedded in UCD’s Centre for Cultural
Analytics, which will provide all necessary training and professional development
with regards to digital methodologies. The student will join a vibrant interdisciplinary
research community, with regular seminars, workshops, and symposia. Support will
be provided for necessary equipment, international conference participation, and an
international research visit.


Essential Criteria

• MA in English Literature or subject equivalent (high MA result of 2:1-1:1 or
GPA above 3.2; academic transcripts will be requested from shortlisted
• Evidence of a strong interest in contemporary Irish literature, primarily prose
• An interest in developing a high degree of proficiency in cultural analytics
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• IELTS score of 8, if English is not your first language

In order to apply, please send the following by 5pm (GMT) on 23 October to Dr
Groenland (
• CV;
• Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this field of research, a
short paragraph about proposed individual research under the theme of the
project, your motivation in applying for this particular scholarship, long term
career goals, and any other information you think is relevant (max. 1000
• proof of English-language proficiency if English is not your first language
(minimum of 8 IELTS);
• writing sample (e.g. an essay or section of MA dissertation) (max. 5,000
• the names of two academic references. Referees of shortlisted candidates will
be contacted for references prior to interview.


A shortlist of candidates will be invited for interview by video conferencing in the
week beginning 06 November. The selected candidate will be required to submit a
formal application to UCD School of English, Drama and Film subsequent to the
interview. All awards will commence in January 2023 and it is a requirement that
applicants have been awarded a master’s degree before commencing the PhD

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