Scholarship: Connected Clerics: Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604 CE)

Royal Holloway, University of London

Deadline: 17 May 2019

Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD studentships grant-funded by the ERC project “Connected Clerics: Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604 CE)” [CONNEC].

This project focuses on analysing clerical discourses, conflicts, and laws that contributed to maintaining a relatively cohesive late antique western church despite the fragmentation of the Roman empire and its substitution by smaller kingdoms. The successful candidate will have a chance to acquire expertise in social network analysis and other techniques of digital humanities.

Applications are invited which propose an individual research project involving Latin sources in one of the following two areas:
•Theological and ecclesiological debates concerning the nature of the church as an emerging institution
•Debates over ecclesiastical policy and its implementation

The studentship will run for three years from September 2019 and your annual stipend (non-taxable) will be £13,500 plus fees. An allowance of £2000 per year is also available for additional training, travel, and conference fees. You will also have the possibility to conduct a research stay at an overseas institution. The studentship is open to students of all nationalities.

Queries may be directed to the Principal Investigator,

Applications (including a cover letter, c.v., 800-word research proposal, and the name of two referees) should be submitted by 5 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time on 17 May 2019 to Royal Holloway.

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