22 February 2007

SCHOLARSHIPS – 2 PhD scholarships offered in the area of print cultures studies at UQ (Closing date for applications:16 Mar 07)

Two PhD scholarships offered in the area of print cultures studies in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at The University of Queensland, to be supervised by Professor David Carter (Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History).

One will be in the broadly defined area of 'modern print culture studies'. This term is taken to cover issues of publishing, bookselling and reading in the period from the late 18th century to the present. Preference may be given to research proposals in the area of 20th century English-language print cultures and proposals focused on Australian, British or Canadian studies and questions of imperial or (post)colonial print cultures, but candidates with interests across the full range of modern print culture studies are encouraged to apply.

The second PhD scholarship will be focused on researching aspects of the relationship between American publishers and Australian books, especially in the area of fiction publishing. The PhD is part of a research project funded by the Australian Research Council, 'America Publishes Australia: Australian Books and American Publishers 1890-2005', recently awarded to Professor Carter. Potential topics include the study of the publishing career of an individual writer or group of writers where this involves substantial American as well as Australian and/or British editions; the relationships of a particular publishing house with Australian books; Australian best-selling titles in the USA; or the reception of a body of Australian titles in the USA.

A full description of this project can be found at:


The precise scope and topic of the successful applicants' work will be negotiated through discussions with Professor Carter and associate academic supervisors, but there is a wide range of relevant topics which could be considered within each project's parameters. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with a print cultures research team located in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History and AustLit: The Resource for Australian Literature, a world-class database project for Australian literature research. The University of Queensland also hosts the Fryer Library, one of Australia's leading research collections in Australian literary materials.

These are three-year full-time scholarships commencing in 2007 and contingent on continued satisfactory progress. The value of the scholarships is equivalent to an Australian Postgraduate Award plus 10% (2007 rate is A$21,154 per annum tax free). It is hoped that the successful applicant would be able to commence by the middle of 2007.

Applications should include: a covering letter that includes the vacancy reference number, your contact address and telephone number, a statement indicating your suitability for the project, and a brief outline of research interests; a curriculum vitae, including details of education and qualifications and the names and contact details of three referees. You should possess relevant qualifications in literary studies, history, cultural studies, print culture studies, book history or a related field, and be eligible for entry into the PhD program.

Applications from international students are welcomed; the University supports remote candidatures for PhD students based outside Australia. International applicants should refer to the website:


for information regarding tuition fee scholarships.

For further information, please contact Professor David Carter on email david.carter@uq.edu.au or Angela Tuohy, Administrative Officer(Research Higher Degree Studies), School of English, Media Studies and Art History, on 61 (0)7 3365 2501 or email a.tuohy@uq.edu.au and see:


Applications should be sent to:
Professor David Carter
School of English, Media Studies and Art History
The University of Queensland
St Lucia Queensland 4072

Email: pgstudies@emsah.uq.edu.au

Closing date for applications: 16 March 2007
Reference Number: 3005260