Bourse doctorale “religion”

AHRC PhD Studentship in Religious Studies, 2009/10

It has been confirmed that we can now offer an AHRC-funded PhD studentship in Religious Studies to run for three years from 2009/10, based at the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at Birkbeck ( The Centre is able to offer inter-disciplinary supervision for research projects on the social, cultural and psychosocial study of contemporary religion, and has particular expertise in religion in the West. We are particularly interested in projects that explore the formation and performance of religious and secular subjectivities, the inter-sections between religion, media and popular culture, religion andyoung people, religion and material/visual culture, religion and theculture industries, and
religion and sites of conflict. Applications on other areas of religion and contemporary society are also welcome, however.

Doctoral students at the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society normally undertake empirical work as part of their projects. We are able to offer training in quantitative methods, but have particular strengths in training and supervising in qualitative methods such as ethnography and narrative interview methods. Interests in visual and internet-based research would also be supported.

Applications for this studentship should be submitted to Prof Gordon Lynch, Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, 26, Russell -Square, London, WC1B 5DQ. Applications should contain a completed College application form (which can be downloaded from, copies of two academic references, copies of relevant academic transcripts, and a separate research proposal (up to 2000 words) setting out the context, aims and
proposed methods of the project. Research proposals will need to demonstrate a good understanding of research literature relevant to the proposed subject. Applications should be submitted to Prof Lynch by WEDNESDAY 11th MARCH. Interviews will be held the following week.

Successful applicants will need to have a very good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (normally a high 2:1 or 1st), and will also normally have a relevant Masters’ degree. Anyone interested in applying for this studentship is recommended to contact Prof Lynch (g.lynch(at) for an informal discussion about their proposed research before submission of the thesis.

Information about eligibility for AHRC studentships (including residency requirements) can be downloaded from 20Student%20Eligibility.pdf.

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