Would you like to study for a PhD with our talented people here in CLAS, and receive funding to do so? Then read on…

The Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool is delighted to announce that the North West Consortium has been awarded £14 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers. This exciting new venture brings together the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan, the Royal Northern College of Music and Salford, awarding around 200 PhD studentships over a 5-year period.

The Doctoral Training Partnerships offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. A distinctive feature of the scheme is the inclusion of placement opportunities and additional skills training, delivered with partner organisations including museums, galleries, cultural organisations and businesses. These include the BBC, FACT, Home (Cornerhouse), TATE Liverpool, Staffordshire Archives, MOSI, Future Everything and Opera North. Doctoral students taking part in the scheme can expect to develop broader skills such as partnership working, language skills and collaboration outside academia, for example, through industry and international placements.

Here at the University of Liverpool, studentships are available in French Studies, German Studies, Iberian and Latin American Studies (including Basque, Catalan, Spanish and Portuguese), Italian Studies and Translation Studies. These studentships offer an exceptional opportunity for all students interested in working towards an arts and humanities doctorate within a world-leading research environment. Click on the links above to find out who to contact for more information.

Research in Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Research in Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool is now more than ever characterised by an interest in the global dimensions of language-based study, including Hispanic, Lusophone and Francophone cultures and societies outside of Europe; migrant and transnational cultures in Europe; multilingualism; world cinema; the cultural impacts of European expansion and colonialism; global Black Studies; and the processes of translation and transculturation implicit in all those encounters. Particular research strengths of the department include: popular culture; visual culture; literary studies; digital culture; gender and sexuality; transnational, postnational and postcolonial studies; migration and diaspora and sociolinguistics, especially the linguistic landscape. The department has a vibrant and active research culture which sometimes extends beyond even these broad areas, with research grouped around several clusters including Histories and Memories; Beyond the Text; Migrations/Places/Identities; Post-colonialisms; and Sociolinguistics. We especially encourage applications that are comparative or relational, and which cross languages and national borders.


Due to funding restrictions the studentships are available for Home/EU prospective doctoral students only. Home students’ awards consist of funding for both fees and an annual maintenance grant of £13,863. EU students’ awards consist of funding for fees only. Funding is available for 3 years of study only.

Deadline for applications is 21st February 2014 at 5 pm GMT.

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