Funded PhD Studentship on the MACMORRIS Project – IRC and Maynooth University

[Info copied from EURAXESS Ireland – see website for details.

Project outline

The MACMORRIS project (Mapping Actors and Communities: A Model of Research in Renaissance Ireland in the 16th and 17th Centuries) is a four-year digital-humanities project funded by the Irish Research Council that seeks to map the full range of cultural activity in Ireland, across languages and ethnic groups, from roughly 1541 to 1691. It is led by Prof. Pat Palmer of Maynooth University, Department of English. The project aims to offer an inclusive account of creative, scholarly, and intellectual activity in a period of conflict, change and innovation which transformed Ireland. In doing so, it will extend, unify and redefine our understanding of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ireland, its place in the European Renaissance and in the wider global networks of an emerging modernity.

The project has two objectives. First, it will build a dataset of every figure from or living in or closely associated with Ireland in this period. Secondly, it will use the province of Munster as a case study and, using the biographical and bibliographical data gleaned from the dataset, it will create an interactive map to identify, geo-locate, and provide biographical and bibliographical information for the totality of cultural producers working in Irish, English, and other languages in Munster between 1569 and 1607.

The PhD Researcher

The MACMORRIS Project seeks to recruit a well-qualified applicant interested in undertaking a research degree at PhD level in a way that complements the project’s objective of producing a more inclusive account of early modern Ireland. To that end, we are inviting applications from candidates with research interest in one or more of the following areas: group biography; communities of writers and learned families; patterns of patronage, knowledge exchange, manuscript circulation, and book history; patterns of settlement, conflict, and interactions between communities; translation and cross-cultural exchanges (principally involving Irish, English, Latin, and Spanish). Given the case-study’s focus on the province of Munster, an interest in cultural practices and interactions there would be particularly welcome. The ideal candidate will have with a background in one or more of the following: early modern literature, history, archaeology, library science, information management. (Co-supervision with another department, e.g. History, Gaeilge, Classics is possible.) The candidate should have an interest in applied digital humanities and feel comfortable working on an interdisciplinary team.

For details on the PhD Studentship – the funding, eligibility criteria, application deadline, and how to apply – see EURAXESS Ireland website.

For more on the MACMORRIS Project, see the Dept of English, Maynooth University website.


New IRC opportunities for early/mid-career – Laureate Awards


Laureate Awards Programme: CALL NOW OPEN

A consensus has emerged in recent years that Ireland’s research and innovation framework contains a significant gap, namely opportunities for exceptional researchers to conduct frontier basic research across all disciplines beyond postdoctoral level. Innovation2020 affirms the existence of the critical gap in the Irish landscape and recommends the establishment of a frontier research funding programme, to be administered by the Irish Research Council.

Funding to launch the first iteration of the programme was made available by the Minister for Education and Skills under the 2017 budget. For the first iteration of the Irish Research Council Laureate Awards programme, the Council is inviting applications at the early and mid-career level (Starting and Consolidator). Funding will be awarded on the basis solely of excellence, assessed through a rigorous and independent international peer-review process. Laureates will enhance their track record and international competitiveness. As well as the benefits for the laureate and their team, it is anticipated that the award will enhance the potential for subsequent ERC success as a further career milestone; indeed it will be a requirement of all laureates that they make a follow-on application to the ERC.

The aims and objectives of the Irish Research Council Laureate Awards programme are as follows:

  • To enhance frontier basic research in Irish research-performing organisations, across all disciplines.
  • To support exceptional researchers to develop their track record, appropriate to their discipline and career stage.
  • To build the international competitiveness of awardees and Ireland as a whole.
  • To leverage greater success for the Irish research system in European Research Council awards.
  • To retain excellent researchers in the Irish system and to catalyse opportunities for talented researchers currently working outside Ireland, to relocate to Ireland.

Deadline: 29 June, 2017

Further details:


Research Fellowship on Early Jewish Books, 1500-1700

At Marsh’s Library, Dublin.



Marsh’s Library is a perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment located in central Dublin. Established in 1707, it houses approximately 25,000 books from the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Marsh’s possesses a small, but intellectually significant, collection of almost 200 early Jewish books, which belonged to the founder of the Library, Narcissus Marsh. Most of these books are in Hebrew, but around half a dozen are in Yiddish.

The Project

In association with the Footprints: Jewish Books Through Time and Place project, Marsh’s Library wishes to appoint a qualified Research Fellow to a short-term project (three months) on these books. The successful candidate will:

– Provide accurate bibliographical details on these books.
– Collect copy-specific information from these books using ownership marks, inscriptions, annotations and marginalia.
– Research the provenance of the Jewish books in the collection using ownership marks, inscriptions, annotation and marginalia.
– Begin the initial planning for a physical and digital exhibition relating to the Jewish books in Marsh’s Library.
The details captured by the researcher will be used to improve the catalogue records of Marsh’s Library and to populate the Footprints database, which traces the movement of Jewish books through time and space.

This project at Marsh’s Library is intended to draw attention to Ireland as a site of Jewish history and culture, and to the book culture of early modern Jewish communities. It will also encourage scholars to use this neglected collection of early Jewish books, and to link it to other collections of a similar nature.

The Position

This position is open to suitably qualified scholars, librarians, or postgraduate students. A demonstrable interest in early-modern books, and a good knowledge of Hebrew is essential. Familiarity with Yiddish would be advantageous as would palaeographic skills for early modern hands in Roman and Hebrew characters.Training in cataloguing standards and the handling of rare books will be provided, if necessary.

The position is tenable for a period of three months at any time from 1 May 2017, but must be completed no later than 31 December 2017. The successful candidate will receive:

– A fellowship stipend of €3,000 per month for three months
– A contribution of up to €600 towards the cost of an economy return airfare/moving expenses from their home country.

If the successful candidate comes from outside Ireland, the Library will be able to assist with orientation in Dublin, and will be able to assist with the details of properties, or rooms in properties, available for short-term rent. If desired, the Research Fellowship may be split into two different periods of residence; however, return airfare/moving expenses can only be provided once.

How to Apply

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm (Irish time) on Wednesday, 1 March 2017. Applicants should send a letter of application and a CV to by this date.

They should also arrange to have two references sent to the same email address by 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

It is envisaged that interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place online in mid to late March 2017.


Job: Research Fellow – Performing Restoration Shakespeare


Research Fellow – Performing Restoration Shakespeare

Queen’s University Belfast – School of Arts, English and Languages

This post is available for three years to be an active member of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare’, assisting the Principal Investigator (Professor Richard Schoch, Queen’s University Belfast) and the International Co-Investigator (Professor Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Syracuse University, USA) in the planning, delivery and evaluation of research and impact activities.

Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 7 December 2016

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact the Personnel Department, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.


Job: Early Modern Postdoctoral Researcher at the National University of Ireland Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway is seeking to fill one full-time, fixed-term Postdoctoral Researcher position for the project “The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700‟ (RECIRC), led by Prof. Marie-Louise Coolahan, Principal Investigator (School of Humanities).

The position is a 13-month contract, funded by the European Research Council, under the Consolidator Grant Scheme, 2013. The position is allocated to Work Package 1: Transnational Religious Networks. This work package maps the transmission and translation of female-authored texts among Catholic religious orders across Europe.

The successful candidate will be expected to start by October 2016.

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan:

Closing date for applications: 17th June 2016.

For further details on the RECIRC project, see the RECIRC website.

Early Modern History PhD opportunities – University of Limerick

The Department of History, University of Limerick, is offering one full-time PhD Teaching Fellowship in Early Modern German History. Proposals for projects in the following areas are particularly encouraged: history of education, print culture, Reformation history, urban history. The successful candidate will be attached to the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum.

The Department of History, with UL’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is also offering two three-year fee-waivers only in any area of post-1500 History.

The deadline for applications for both the PhD Teaching Fellowship and the PhD Fee Waivers is 29th April 2016.

Further details can be found on the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum website.


Opportunities for Doctoral Research in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies at Queen’s University Belfast

DEL PhD Studentship Awards, 2016 entry
36 DEL studentships are available across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast and will be allocated to outstanding students undertaking PhD study across the broad range of disciplines within the Faculty. The deadline for DEL applications is 29th January 2016.


For UK applicants, a studentship consists of:

1.) Funding for fees for 3 years of full-time PhD study (1 October 2016-30 September 2019)

2.) A maintenance stipend for the 3 years of the scholarship

All DEL studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants who have: an excellent undergraduate degree; completed, or are due to complete by September 2016, a Master’s degree in a relevant subject; an original and exciting research proposal that will contribute to the further enhancement of areas of research strength in the Faculty.


The School of English at Queen’s University Belfast invites applications for PGR study in all areas in which the School has research expertise, broadly:

1.) literary studies in English (from Old English to contemporary literature, including Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies)

2.) creative writing

3.) language and linguistics

4.) broadcast literacy

For a list of particular areas of staff expertise, please see


Applicants who wish to be considered for a DEL award should apply for a PhD place in the School of English before the deadline of Friday 29th January 2016, 5pm. Applications should be made via the Admissions Portal.  


For further information, see

Informal enquiries can be sent to: Professor Moyra Haslett ( or the Graduate Secretary Ms Linda Drain ( Informal enquiries regarding PhD applications in the areas of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies can be sent to Dr Edel Lamb (

PhD scholarship and two Early Modern posts in the National University of Ireland Galway

Applications are invited for 3 positions as part of the ERC-funded project ‘The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700 (RECIRC)’, led by Prof. Marie-Louise Coolahan, Principal Investigator (English, National University of Ireland Galway):

Closing date for applications for the Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Assistant posts is 5th June 2015.

Closing date for applications for the PhD Scholarship is 8th June 2015.

Job: Professor and Head of English, Maynooth University

Maynooth University

The University

Maynooth University is Ireland’s leading liberal arts university, with a student body of 8,500 and a productive academic staff dedicated to research-based teaching. The university was ranked #67 in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings of the world’s 100 best universities less than 50 years old. The Department of English is one of the largest and most successful departments in the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy and has an outstanding international reputation for teaching and research. It is currently staffed by three professors, ten lecturers, an executive assistant, a Learning Resource Officer, and a number of part-time tutors. The department offers a BA in English, MA degrees in Irish Literature and Culture, Postcolonial and World Literatures, and Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture, and a structured PhD programme.

The Role

The University has entered an exciting and challenging phase of its development, as it confirms its reputation as Ireland’s premier university for the liberal arts and sciences. The Department of English is a key academic player in the realisation of the University’s core mission. The University is now seeking to recruit a Professor and Head of English.

Principal Responsibilities

A Professor of the University is expected to:

  • Be an international leader in research and scholarship and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field
  • Provide leadership in research and scholarship within the Department, Faculty and University
  • Promote excellence in teaching and learning, and encourage innovation in teaching and learning amongst staff
  • Contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students, including lecturing, consultations with individual students, and supervision of research students
  • Contribute to the development of the curriculum and academic programmes within the discipline and more generally
  • Assume responsibilities for management and administrative tasks associated with the Department, Faculty and University
  • Be an active member of the University and contribute to the work of the University in outreach, collaboration, internationalisation, engagement and policy development.

Further details about the position and the university may be found on the Maynooth University website at

Internship: Marsh’s Library


Marsh’s Library is looking for an intern to work in our Rare Books Reading Room. The successful candidate will already have a postgraduate library qualification, and will gain valuable experience in:

– supervising academic readers and students

– cataloguing of rare books

– handling and retrieval of rare books

– dealing with general library administrative duties

– using social media to promote a cultural attraction

The internship is offered as part of the Jobbridge programme.
If you would like more details please see

Closing date for applications is 28 November 2014 at 5pm.

Details available here.