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Call for doctoral projects in Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews

5 October 2021

The School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, welcomes PhD applications in a wide range of research areas across its seven language departments (Arabic and Persian, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish) and Comparative Literature programme. 

With 46 research active members of staff, the School of Modern Languages has a vibrant research culture which spans a wide range of national cultures and cross-disciplinary themes including:

  • creativity and performance
  • history, politics and society
  • medieval and early modern studies
  • medical humanities and cultures of science
  • postcolonial and transnational studies
  • translation studies and linguistics
  • gender and sexuality studies
  • memory studies.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 the School was ranked first in Scotland in terms of its publications with over 70% of its outputs rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The School warmly invites expressions of interest from students planning to apply to the Scottish Graduate School in Arts and Humanities ( Please request the pre-selection template from the School of Modern Languages ( if you would like your proposal to be considered for submission to the SGSAH AHRC PhD scholarship competition and submit it to us by 17 November 2021. The application process involves several stages and it is recommended that you contact the School as early as possible to discuss your ideas.

Other sources of funding for which applications may be considered include: Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities, Carnegie PhD Scholarships, and the School of Modern Languages PhD scholarship. Please note that you must have applied for external funding in order to be considered for the latter. A limited number of competitive fee waivers are also available.

To discuss potential applications and find out about the support the School can give applicants, as well as for advice on expertise available in the School and enquiries about self-funded projects, please contact Dr Elodie Laügt at

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