PhD Scholarships, MPhil & PhD applications in Medieval and Early Modern Studies – ACU

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) at the Melbourne campus of the Australian Catholic University welcomes applications from highly self-motivated students to study toward a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), developing research projects in any of the following broad areas of medieval and early modern history:

• Theology and literature, politics, culture, the arts;
• Liturgy, devotion, and popular culture;
• Medieval and early modern temporalities;
• The Crusades; medieval violence, memory, religious conflict;
• Medieval and early modern religious encounters;
• Popes and personnel of the papal court; the culture and theology of the priesthood;
• The history of conspiracy theories;
• Religious orders, medieval and early modern spiritualities, religious reform;
• Gender and sexuality;
• The history of biblical interpretation; historical theology; the history of preaching.

PhD stipend scholarships are affiliated with the exciting new large-scale research project ‘Religious Mobilities: Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the World.’ We are seeking applications from students who are interested in developing projects engaging the broad theme of mobility and the links or entanglements between Europe and the wider world. Proposals should relate to one of the Religious Mobilities project’s three strands:

  • Pathways of Power focuses on organisations and structures, and on their capacity to cultivate, manage, and restrict mobility.
  • Mobile Matter focuses on the mobility of materials and objects of religion.
  • Crossroads of Communication focuses on the nature of pre-modern communication in religious contexts.

For a full description of these three strands, please visit this page.

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and possess a prior academic record that demonstrates some foundational knowledge of the sources, methods, and languages relevant to the geography and chronology of the proposed project, as well as potential to contribute to the intellectual life of the MEMS team.

If you are interested in applying for one the funded places for the PhD or MPhil programs, or would like to hear more about what these courses involve, details on the Virtual Open Day information sessions can be found here.

The next application round for both programs closes at 11.59pm 17 October 2021 AEDT. Applicants may be invited to online interviews, which will be conducted on 17 – 18 November 2021.

For further information, please contact the MEMS Program Director, Professor Megan Cassidy-Welch.