Scholarship details

Funding Body:

University of Sydney


Postgraduate Scholarship in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Research Areas:

Humanities & Social Sciences


Postgraduate Research


A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a good Honours degree in any aspect of medieval or early modern studies to undertake research leading to a PhD in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The project is to investigate attitudes towards death expressed by medieval and/or early modern writers, with a particular focus on the writings of condemned prisoners facing execution.

The position forms part of a larger research project on medieval and early modern attitudes towards death being undertaken at the University of Sydney through the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions (CHE). Other aspects of death currently under consideration by postdoctoral research fellows within the project include medieval attitudes towards suicide and early modern attitudes towards public execution.


Applicants should have an Honours degree with a major in some aspect of medieval and/or early modern studies. They must have a demonstrable understanding of how to read and interpret medieval and/or early modern texts. They must have a facility with one or more medieval and/or early modern languages. Applicants must be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.

Amount awarded:

Valued at $26,000 per annum for up to three years, plus a total of $13,500 research and travel funding over three years.

Alternatively, if the candidate has applied for and is successful in obtaining an APA, the scholarship can be offered as top-up funding of $5,500 per annum. 

Application guide:

Further information can be obtained from Dr Juanita Ruys, Medieval and Early Modern Centre, Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney NSW 2006 (Email:  Applications should be sent direct to Dr Ruys at the above address, and should include a curriculum vitae, copies of academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees. 


Closing date revised to 27 January 2012

Closing date:

27 January 2012