PhD Studentship: The Early Medieval Northwest Atlantic Region (Medieval Ireland, Wales, Anglo-Saxon England, or Iceland), University College Dublin, deadline 30 April 2021

The College of Arts and Humanities, University College Dublin, Ireland, is pleased to announce a generously funded Ph.D. studentship specialising in: The early medieval northwest Atlantic region (medieval Ireland, Wales, Anglo-Saxon England, or Iceland) which will be supervised by Dr Lindy Brady, Assistant Professor in Early Medieval Insular History and recently appointed Ad Astra Fellow at the School of History (

Deadline: 30 April 2021 by email to 

The studentships are open to EU and non-EU candidates and are for a maximum of four years, renewable each year, subject to satisfactory progress. The award includes full tuition fee waiver, a PhD stipend of €18,000 per annum, and €4,000 per annum towards research costs of the Ph.D.  We anticipate that the successful candidate will start in September 2021.

Please submit the following application materials by email:

  • Personal statement and CV as one document
  • Writing sample (e.g. an essay or section of MA dissertation)
  • Two academic references
  • A proposal (1000-1500 words plus indicative bibliography).

The Selection Panel will shortlist candidates for interview, likely to take place in May. Successful applicants will be informed by email.

For the application procedure please see the relevant school guidelines below. The outcome of this competition will be communicated directly to all applicants. 

Specialisation: Early medieval insular history (medieval Ireland, Wales, Anglo-Saxon England, or Iceland)

Proposals for a Ph.D. project in the history of the early medieval northwest Atlantic region are welcomed, specialising in one or more of medieval Ireland, Wales, Anglo-Saxon England, or Iceland; including proposals which take a comparative, transnational or multilingual approach to the history of the region.

The candidate will have access to a €4,000 research budget for archival research in relevant collections abroad or related research expenses.

The UCD School of History is one of Europe’s premier history programs and offers a vibrant research community across junior and senior levels and is well-connected through the School of History’s active engagement with international partners and a broad array of UCD research centres and institutes.

Interdisciplinary work is welcomed, and candidates from all relevant areas of medieval studies are encouraged to apply.


Published by Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on the twelfth-century miracle collections for St Thomas Becket and the stained-glass 'miracle windows' at Canterbury Cathedral explored the presentation of children and familial relationships in textual and visual narratives. Her research interests include the visual and material cultures of saints and sanctity, pilgrimage, and childhood and the family.

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