Offre d’emploi – PhD Scholarship–Early Irish Hands

1IRC-SFI Pathway PhD Scholarship–Early Irish Hands
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The Department of History, School of Histories and Humanities, is pleased to advertise a PhD scholarshipto join Dr Nicole Volmering on her SFI-IRC Pathway Programme project ‘Early Irish Hands: The Development of Writing in Early Ireland’from September 2022.

The project studies early Irish palaeography and writing techniques based on manuscripts from the earliest stratum of Irish writing (550-900). Itaims at contributingto a better understanding of the writing techniques used in earlyIrish 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. This is important because palaeography is one of very few methods available that can help identify where and how a manuscript was made or read. The project takes an inclusive approach to the analysis of writing techniques and underpins traditional graph analysis with research on the material aspects of the manuscript. With this approach the project seeks to place palaeographical analysis on a surer footing and to contribute to the understanding of regional manuscript-making techniques in their insular and European context.

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 award provides a unique opportunity to engage in frontier research on manuscript studies carried out at Trinity College Dublin. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Structured 4-year PhD Programme in theDepartment of History.

The Award consists ofa stipend of €18,500 annually plus a travel budget and a €5,750 contribution towards fees.

The successful applicant should have the following qualifications:


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 ofLatin
Excellent command of English (as per Trinity’s general requirements)

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


Candidates are invited to apply for this position by sending their application documents to the Department of History by the deadline of 5pm on Monday6 June 2022.Applicants should send their documentsina single PDF file to Dr Nicole Volmering ( to Eilís Dunne( will not be considered complete until refereeshave submitted their references.

The following documents are required (see also these general application guidelines)

A motivation letter addressing how you intend to approach the research topic
Two letters of recommendation
Certified academic transcripts for all degreesCertified degree certificates for all degrees
A detailed CV
A writing sample (an academic essay, an article, a chapter from a dissertation, or the like)

The application maybe followed up by an online interview in the second half of June.Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in earlyJuly.

Important Information

Please notethat all applicants must meet the general requirementsfor a PhD at Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

For non-native English speakers without a degree from an English-speaking institution, a language test is required (TOEFL or IELTS); the application can be submitted without the test, but any offer made will be conditional until the required test results are submitted.

The successful candidatewillfurther have to apply for their place through the TCD systemseparately.

Applications have to be submitted by followingthe link for Doctor in Philosophy, History (Full Time –4 years) under September 2022 entryhere.For any questions or informal discussions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Nicole Volmering (

Source : Trinity College Dublin

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