NCRCL Scholarships 2019 are now open
NCRCL are pleased to announce that the current round of applications for our annual scholarships in children’s literature is open (studies commencing October 2019).
We invite applications from outstanding candidates for our TECHNE AHRC doctoral studentships. Studentships are awarded in departments across the university, but the NCRCL will consider applications for projects related to children’s literature or creative writing for children. Projects drawing on our archival holdings—such as the Richmal Crompton archive—will be especially welcome. For more information and details of how to apply, please see our Graduate School pages.
Postgraduate Research Studentships – Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship 2019
In addition to TECHNE studentships, we will award our annual Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship to a candidate of the highest calibre. Applicants for TECHNE awards will be considered automatically for the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship, so please apply for a TECHNE studentship in the first instance. Candidates who do not secure TECHNE funding will be eligible to compete for the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship—you do not need to apply separately.
Please note that although TECHNE funding can be secured by students who have already started their doctoral studies, the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship is only open to new applicants.
The Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship is fully-funded by the University of Roehampton, Department of English and Creative Writing and covers Home/EU fees of £4,260, as well as an annual stipend at current Research Council rates (£16,777.00.p.a. for 3 years full-time subject to satisfactory progress). In addition to the time spent on their PhD project, full-time students funded by the university shall be available for the equivalent of 6 hours of additional work per week over 40 weeks per year. Where this involves the student undertaking teaching or teaching-related work, the time for preparation, marking and related administration shall be included in those six hours maximum per week. NB International applicants would need to be able to pay the difference between Home/EU and Overseas fees for the duration of the programme.
The Jacqueline Wilson Scholar will be based in the award-winning NCRCL with access to the Children’s Literature Collection and archives, and will join a lively community of researchers, writers and students. This studentship will be awarded to an emerging scholar working in the field of children’s literature or creative writing for children; preference may be given to proposals that build on NCRCL research interests. These include, but are not limited to: young adult fiction; philosophy; historical fiction; the Robinsonade; memory; reading; print culture. The Department is looking for candidates of the highest quality, capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have completed an MA degree in a relevant subject, such as children’s literature or creative writing for children, prior to the start of the studentship. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and fluency in spoken and written English that meets the university’s entrance criteria for doctoral study.
The Department of English and Creative Writing with over 600 students and 33 academic staff, has a growing international reputation for its research and teaching excellence. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 80% of all our research publications were ranked as “world leading” or “internationally excellent” for their impact. The successful candidate will become part of an active and growing community of postgraduate scholars in a vibrant research culture, established external collaborations with London institutions and a very good track record of student success. Candidates will be asked to contribute to the ECW Department in various ways, taking on a range of roles including teaching (training will be provided) and conference organization. For this reason, candidates for the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship will need to live within regular commuting distance of the University. Research training provision also requires regular attendance on campus.
The University of Roehampton is set on a beautiful, traditional campus in south-west London. The University provides its students with exceptional facilities, high quality teaching and a close-knit, collegiate experience. It has a diverse student body and a cosmopolitan outlook, with students from over 130 countries.
Deadline for applications: see information via TECHNE link above.
Please visit https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/graduate-school/ to find out more about postgraduate research at Roehampton. For all non-academic queries relating to the studentships, please contact Graduate School Admissions on 020 8392 3715, email