Applications are invited for three full-time fully funded PhD scholarships in European periodical studies tenable for a period of up to four year each in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, Belgium. The successful candidates will participate in the project “Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation, 1710-1920″, funded by an ERC Starting Grant and directed by Prof. dr. Marianne Van Remoortel. This project aims to map the transnational networks of intellectual and textual exchange through which women editors of periodicals impacted social and cultural life in early-eighteenth- to early-twentieth-century Europe.
You prepare a PhD on at least one of the five key thematic areas of the project (the early periodical, the novel, domestic ideology, consumer culture, women’s rights movements). You participate in the project as a team member and contribute to the project database.
You hold a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, such as Literature, Comparative Literature or History. Experience in women’s history would be considered a plus.
You have an excellent command of at least two European languages – the term “European” taken here in the broadest historical sense of the word, not just the current European Union.
Additional reading knowledge of other European languages would be a plus.
You have good oral and written communication skills in English.
You have an outstanding academic record.
You have an aptitude for original and creative work, independently as well as in a team.
Conditions of employment
The scholarships are offered for a period of two years, extendable for another two years after positive evaluation. The starting date is 1 June 2016 at the latest.
The net salary will be approximately 1800 EUR per month, gradually rising to approximately 2000 EUR per month in the fourth year.
You will be based at Ghent University.
How to apply?
Submit your application via email to Marianne.VanRemoortel@UGent.be by 31 October 2015. Further information about the project and/or position can also be obtained at this address.
Applications should include:
a cover letter, in which you specify why you are interested in the project and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate
a current CV
transcripts of your qualifications to date (degrees and grade lists)
a writing sample (excerpt from your Master’s thesis, article, etc.)
a reference letter (e.g. from your thesis supervisor)