Fellowship opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellowship at Loughborough University, UK

This call for expressions of interest comes to us from our associated member Dr. Lise Jaillant:

Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship to start in Autumn 2017. The project will be based in the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University, UK.

There is no age limit, but the candidate must be at the postdoctoral stage (up to four years after completing a doctorate). He or she must be based at a German institution at the time of application.

The application will consist of two stages:

  1. Pre-selection of one candidate by Loughborough University
  2. Application for a 2-year Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship funded by the Humboldt foundation. (Loughborough University will contribute one third of the fellowship amount if the application is successful).

The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Lise Jaillant, who is currently researching a large-scale project, Professing Creative Writing – A History of Writers and Scholars in Anglophone Universities. It will be the first institutional and cultural history of creative writing programmes in universities in North America, Britain and Australia, from the 1930s to the present day.

We welcome the submission of high-quality proposals on any topic that will complement this project. Examples of possible topics:

  • The rise of creative writing programmes in Continental Europe
  • Literary prizes, festivals and creative writing in Germany
  • The links between the publishing industry and creative writing programmes in Europe

Experience of archival work and/ or oral history interviews will be an advantage.

The monthly fellowship grant is 3.040,00 € (plus a family allowance for the fellow’s marital partner and children if applicable). It is calculated from a base fellowship (1.750,00 €), a foreign allowance (1.040,00 €) and an allowance for direct project costs (250,00 €). The fellowship is tax-free in Germany.

The candidate will be based in Loughborough for the entire duration of the project. Feodor Lynen fellows are not entitled to receive monthly fellowship payments if they are absent from their host institution for a total of more than 14 days (continuous or accumulative) during the sponsorship period. Attendance at conferences and research trips as well as visits to archives and libraries etc. that are essential for carrying out the proposed research are excluded.

General information about the School of the Arts, English and Drama can be found at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/

Information about the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship can be found at https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/lynen-fellowship.html

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Lise Jaillant at l.jaillant@lboro.ac.uk

Candidates are asked to send a CV and a detailed research proposal to l.jaillant@lboro.ac.uk by 30 June 2016. This should give the title of your proposed research and a 700-word description of your topic (including methodology). All application materials should be written in English.

Loughborough is at the heart of England in the northern most part of the county of Leicestershire and being centrally placed it is well served by road, rail and air. London is one-and-a-half hours away by train, Birmingham one hour and Manchester and Leeds around two hours. There are regular scheduled flights from UK, European and international destinations to East Midlands Airport, only 7 miles away.

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