The Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago invites applications for a new doctoral scholarship in literary studies: The University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship.

The scholarship celebrates the granting of UNESCO City of Literature status to Dunedin, New Zealand, where the main campus of the University of Otago is located.

Dr Shef Rogers, Head of the Department of English and Linguistics, says graduates in any discipline intending to undertake research at PhD level on a topic relating to literature are eligible to apply.

“The topic could well come from a student in tourism, history or other areas as well as English. The scholarship signals the University’s support for the city’s designation and deepens the ties already established through the University’s Centre for the Book .”

The scholarship

  • is open to applicants of any nationality and to any area of literary studies;
  • includes an annual stipend of NZ$25,000 per annum (approximately US$18,000 at current exchange rates) and a full fee waiver (aside from student services fee);
  • does not cover insurance.

Applications are welcome for projects ranging from medieval to digital literature, as well as creative writing projects

Department of English and Linguistics strengths include New Zealand and postcolonial literature, Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism, comparative literature, global modernism, cognitive approaches to literary studies, literature and language pedagogy, linguistic approaches to literature, contemporary poetry and fiction, creative writing, Irish and Scottish studies, the history of the book, and new media literature.

The department also welcomes proposals from fiction writers and poets for projects that combine research with a creative writing project, such as a novel, or a short story or poetry collection.

Closing date for applications

Applications for the inaugural University of Otago City of Literature Scholarship are invited on or before 31 March 2017.

More information about the scholarship, the department and the Centre for the Book

Read about the scholarship.

Visit the Department of English and Linguistics website.

The University of Otago Centre for the Book.