PhD Studentship "Early Modern History" (Univ. of Limerick)

PhD Studentship "Early Modern History" (Univ. of Limerick)

University of Limerick
Gefördert durch
Irish Research Council
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Vom - Bis
01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026
Richard Kirwan, History, University of Limerick

Applications are invited for a four-year PhD Studentship in early modern history. The successful applicant will join the "Malcontents: Order and Disorder in the Early Modern World of Learning" research project which is led by Dr Richard Kirwan of the Department of History and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Limerick.

PhD Studentship "Early Modern History" (Univ. of Limerick)

The project will be funded by the Irish Research Council.

The Project:

The Malcontents project aims to explore outsider experiences in the early modern world of learning with a focus on the universities of the Holy Roman Empire and the Low Countries. The project will uncover the processes that led to the identification of social and intellectual deviance and the marginalisation of malcontents in universities. In doing so the project will establish how the treatment of deviance facilitated the substantiation of order in the early modern university and beyond. As part of the Malcontents project, the PhD Studentship awardee will carry out research on aspects of student deviance in the early modern university with a focus on the Holy Roman Empire. This will form the basis of a PhD dissertation.


The PhD student will receive a stipend of 18,500.00 EUR per annum for four years. The studentship also covers EU tuition fees (4,978.00 EUR) for four years. A travel allowance is included to facilitate archival research and conference attendance. The PhD Studentship will commence in September 2022.

Candidate Requirements:

Applications are sought from candidates who hold or are in the process of completing a master’s degree in history or cognate discipline. Knowledge of German is essential. Candidates with a first-class honours undergraduate degree combining history and German may also be considered in cases where a dissertation on early modern German history has been completed.

To apply:

Candidates should apply by sending by email a cover letter, CV, transcripts of university degrees, two letters of recommendation from academic referees, and a writing sample of 2,000 words to the P.I., Dr Richard Kirwan (, by 22nd July 2022. The successful candidate will be required to apply formally to be admitted as a PhD student by the University of Limerick. To this end, applicants who do not have English as their first language should include the following with their application: an English translation of qualification(s)/transcripts and an English language competency certificate.

Enquiries can be directed to Dr Richard Kirwan (


Dr Richard Kirwan