PhD Scholarship – TCD

IRC-SFI Pathway PhD Scholarship – Early Irish Hands

The project studies early Irish palaeography and writing techniques based on manuscripts from the earliest stratum of Irish writing (550-900). It aims at contributing to a better understanding of the writing techniques used in early Irish scriptoria and to enable more accurate dating of early manuscripts through an improved understanding of variations in Irish script. In addition, it lays the groundwork for research into Irish-Continental script.

The PhD student will be working on Strand 3 of the project, which involves a case study of the use of Irish script on the continent based on a group of manuscripts from Reichenau. The aim of this Strand is to study the ranges and types of variation in script and writing techniques in the manuscripts selected.

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Structured 4-year PhD Programme in the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin. The Award consists of a stipend of €18,500 annually plus a travel budget and a €5,750 contribution towards fees.

Essential Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree / diploma (awarded or pending) or international equivalent (German Staatsexamen, etc.) in a relevant academic area (relevant areas include but are not limited to: Classics, Early Irish, Medieval Studies, History, Manuscript Studies, Digital Humanities, Celtic Studies)
  • Evidence of solid knowledge of Latin
  • Excellent command of English (as per Trinity’s general requirements)

Desirable Requirements:

  • Evidence of engagement with manuscript studies
  • Evidence of experience with medieval (Latin and/or insular) palaeography
  • Evidence of experience with Digital Humanities
  • Reading knowledge of German

The deadline for applications is 6 June 2022.

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