RAI invites applications for Esmond Harmsworth Scholarships in American Literature

The RAI invites applications from current American literature graduate members of Oxford University for election to: Two one-year (2016-17) Esmond Harmsworth Scholarships in American Literature, each to the value of £6,000, for fourth-year graduate students working in the fields of American Literature (broadly construed). The scholarship will include access to desk space in a shared office during the Institute’s opening hours.

These two scholarships are intended to support outstanding students who are in the process of finishing their doctoral research, and for whom a fourth year would allow the completion of their thesis. Preference will be given to candidates who have not already secured research funding elsewhere.

Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrably engaged in and contributed to the intellectual life of the Institute. Successful candidates will be expected to continue to play a strong role in the Institute’s activities. They may be called upon to convene the American Literature Research Seminar (ALRS) during the 2016-7 academic year.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 March at noon.

How to apply

An application consists of 5 elements:

  • A completed RAI Scholarship Application Form. This can be downloaded here.
  • A cover letter outlining a) research funding already secured (if any); b) past and future contributions to the intellectual life of the Institute and the American Literature Research Seminar (ALRS)
  • A curriculum vitae of not more than two pages including education and qualifications to date.
  • A sample chapter of the thesis and a 1 page abstract of the project as a whole.
  • A reference from the DPhil supervisor providing a judgement about the likely completion date of the thesis.

Please send materials in support of your application either:

  • by post to the Graduate Scholarships Committee, The Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UB
  • or by email to enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk

The deadline is Thursday 31 March 2016 at noon. The selection committee reserves the right not to consider late or incomplete applications.

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