STIP: LAHP funding for PhD study at King's College London (31.01.2020)

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In 2020-21, the AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership (LAHP) will award up to 90 studentships for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, School of Advanced Study or University College London.


These studentshipswhich normally cover fees and maintenance allowance (stipend), are available to UK and EU students.


Candidates should be aware that the LAHP studentship competition is a twin-track process, and they will need to apply

a.    for a place of study on their chosen PhD programme at one of the LAHP partner institutions, and

b.    to LAHP for an AHRC studentship


The LAHP studentship competition opened for applications on 28 November 2019 and will close on 31 January 2020. Students wishing to apply for a LAHP studentship must have submitted their applications for a place to study on their chosen PhD programme before the LAHP deadline. Please see for further information.


The Department of German at King’s College London seeks well-qualified applicants for PhD projects beginning in October 2020. The German Department has an exceptionally strong cohort of twenty-one PhD students with eleven currently in receipt of LAHP funding. The Department offers a vibrant research environment: we offer supervision by scholars of international standing across an unusually wide range of topics, from the medieval and Early Modern periods, through to contemporary culture (especially literature and film), politics and history. The Department runs a lively research seminar, as well as a tailored graduate programme that provides practical and methodological training, alongside opportunities for teaching and outreach work for its students.


There are three routes for PhD studies in German at King’s: 


1) PhD in German at King’s: Many of our students choose to base their doctoral study mainly in the UK, with the bulk of their time spent on a closely supervised project in the Department of German. Our current research students work in a broad range of fields across German and Austrian Studies including literary studies from the Medieval period to the present day; film and cinema studies; literary and cultural theory; theatre, music and performance studies, and the history of ideas. 


2) Joint-PhD with the Humboldt University, Berlin: This bi-national PhD programme leads to the award of a Joint PhD and provides candidates with the opportunity to divide their PhD study between two prestigious universities in two dynamic capital cities, enjoying full supervision at both. Current research projects include studies on the modernist novel, transnational socialist feminism, monstrous textual strategies in contemporary literature, Holocaust memory in the digital age, transgressive sexuality in medieval literature, creative labour and the financial crisis.


3) Joint-PhD with the University of Stuttgart: This programme leads to the award of a Joint PhD, and provides candidates with the opportunity to divide their PhD study between two prestigious universities, enjoying full supervision at both, as well as to work in the German Literature Archive at Marbach. Research projects have included the internationalization of satire in Early Modern texts; history, translation and poetics in early 20th-century texts; the international reception of contemporary German bestsellers; the global dissemination of theories of totalitarianism; and the role of journals in the dissemination of poetics.


Enquiries about PhD study on any of the above programmes are welcomed – please contact the PhD Admissions Tutor, Dr Catherine Smale, as soon as possible:; +44 (0)20 7848 1982. 


Staff profiles, including research interests, can be found on our website here:



Dr Catherine Smale,

Senior Lecturer in German Studies,

King’s College London.


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