Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) research group at Newcastle University invites expressions of interest from eligible researchers seeking to apply to the Individual Fellowships scheme of the Marie Skłodowska -Curie Actions for a European fellowship. These fellowships last 12-24 months and have a research project as their focus, with a strong element of advanced training both in the research area and in transferable skills.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Newcastle is an interdisciplinary research group. Its 30 members work between the early medieval to the early modern periods, and belong to the disciplines of Literature, German studies, Archaeology, History, Classics and Music. Recent projects which exemplify the group’s strengths include the Tudor Partbooks Project (www.tudorpartbooks.ac.uk) and The Thomas Nashe Project (https://research.ncl.ac.uk/thethomasnasheproject/) and Cultural Heritage through Time (http://cht2-project.eu/). Past Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship projects include RESTOMO and RES.CO.PART (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/research/projects). Our most recent Fellowship award (beginning September 2017) is entitled 'Sacred Landscapes in Late Byzantium'.

 We warmly encourage applications from outstanding scholars eager to work in an interdisciplinary environment for the Individual Fellowship Scheme. Applicants must have been awarded a doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution and must have a track record - appropriate to career stage - of peer-reviewed publication(s) in internationally recognised outlets.

 

We specifically welcome applications in three key areas:

Scholarly Editing: MEMS has wide-ranging and world-leading expertise in editing early modern prose, poetry, drama and music. We invite candidates who are developing or conducting scholarly editing projects in medieval or early modern texts (up to c. 1800). Projects that enhance our existing expertise in digital applications and methodologies are of particular interest.

Landscapes:  MEMS has significant strengths in the investigation of landscapes as historic, acoustic, ceremonial, social and architectural space. We invite candidates wishing to pursue projects involving one or more of the following: the investigation and analysis of historic landscapes; the development of digital tools (which facilitate scholarly investigation of and public engagement with historic landscapes and buildings); multidisciplinary approaches to understanding historic landscapes; or landscape-based approaches to medieval and early modern cultural heritage. 

Voices and Books: MEMS is home to cutting-edge research in literature and music dedicated to exploring the life of text off the page. We invite candidates who are developing or conducting research projects that seek to expand the evidence base of the material history of reading, to explore the sound worlds of early modern books, or the implications of recovering ‘voice’ for the development of literary studies/musicology today.

 

Eligibility

On the date of the deadline, fellows must

(i) have at least four years’ full-time equivalent research experience, which can include doctoral studies (ii) and/or be in possession of a doctoral degree.

Researchers can be of any nationality.

At the date of the deadline researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host for more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

If the fellow is resuming research after a career break of at least one year, or is a European national or long term resident returning to Europe after a period outside Europe, a modified mobility rule applies: in these cases the researchers must not have carried out their main activity in the country of their host for more than 3 years in the 5 years immediately prior to the deadline.

 

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest should be sent to ruth.connolly@ncl.ac.uk and magnus.williamson@ncl.ac.uk by 1 June 2017. Please submit:

  1. A copy of your CV that is a maximum of five (5) pages.
  2. A two (2) page outline of the proposed project which identifies a proposed supervisor from the MEMS membership. (You should contact that supervisor before sending in your Expression of Interest).

These should be sent as PDFs with file names indicating your surname, first name initial, and document (e.g. kingbCV; kingbPROPOSAL).

 

Selection Process

Expressions of interest will be assessed by the MEMS steering committee and colleagues with specific expertise in the project area. Only applicants that meet the eligibility criteria and our additional criteria will be considered. The most promising applicant(s) based on the relative strength of CVs and proposals in relation to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie award criteria will be provided with further guidance and support for the purposes of submitting a full Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship application with MEMS at Newcastle University serving as the host organisation. Successful applicants will work within the same School as their supervisor, will be invited to present to and lead MEMS seminars and workshops and enabled, if they wish, to curate a programme of events relevant to their project.

Please ensure that you consult the comprehensive guidance documents on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie website before starting your application:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/msca-if-2017.html

 

Those applicants whom we wish to support will be contacted by 7 June, 2017.