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Subject:

AHRC Collaborative Award

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Sharon Ruston <[log in to unmask]>

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Sharon Ruston <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 19 May 2009 16:54:22 +0100

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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award 
Poetry and Science: The Case of Humphry Davy

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD award to study the manuscript 
and published poetry of the chemist Humphry Davy, 1778–1829. This 
collaborative award, to be supervised jointly by experts at the University of 
Salford and the Royal Institution of Great Britain (www.rigb.org), will involve 
the student spending one year based at the Royal Institution in London, 
transcribing Davy’s poetry and participating in the institution’s public-facing 
activities. 

About the project: 

In his 1817 poetry collection Sibylline Leaves, S. T. Coleridge wrote that Sir 
Humphry Davy was ‘a man who would have established himself in the first rank 
of England’s living poets, if the Genius of our country had not decreed that he 
should rather be the first in the first rank of its philosophers and scientific 
benefactors’. Today, few people know that Davy wrote poetry, though he 
continued to do so throughout his life and left at least fifty poems in 
manuscript form in his surviving notebooks and letters. One aim of this project 
is to consider for the first time in a full-length study Davy’s entire poetic 
oeuvre, assessing from a literary critical perspective its content and technical 
form. It is hoped that the examination of Davy’s literary and scientific writings 
will involve the reassessment of the term ‘Romantic’ as a cultural movement, 
throw new light on literary circles and social networks in this pre-disciplinary 
period, and consider how Davy’s scientific practice differed from that of his 
contemporaries both in Britain and abroad, looking in particular at ways in 
which his interest in poetry might account for these differences. 

Studying at the University of Salford and the Royal Institution: 

The successful student will be supervised by Professor Sharon Ruston (author 
of Shelley and Vitality) and Professor Brian Maidment at the University of 
Salford, and Professor Frank James (Head of Collections and Heritage, editor of 
The Correspondence of Michael Faraday) at the Royal Institution. The 
University of Salford has particular expertise in the interrelations between 
poetry and science, supported by the Literature, Science and Culture research 
cluster in the Centre for Literary Studies: 
http://www.iscpr.salford.ac.uk/iscpr/p/?s=36&pid=47

Award and Eligibility:

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award schemes include fees paid at home/EU rate 
and an enhanced stipend/maintenance award for three years. Home/EU 
students receive the AHRC maintenance stipend, which in 2008-2009 (full time 
registration) was £12,940. Additional maintenance equivalent to £1k per year 
is paid in in-kind benefits by the Royal Institution as the collaborating partner. 
The award would commence on 1st October 2009. 
  	The successful student must have completed, or be in the process 
of completing a Masters course from a UK University, or recognised equivalent. 
The student should have strong academic credentials, including an MA or MSc 
in English, History, History of Science, or related area. Preference may be 
given to applicants with a declared interest in heritage studies. The successful 
candidate must also meet the eligibility criteria for the AHRC; the Guide to 
Student Eligibility can be found at: 
http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Pages/BGP.aspx

How to apply: 

Application forms can be downloaded at: 
http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-
research/applying/. Please use the section asking for your Research Proposal 
to demonstrate your interest in the topic and suitability for the award. 
Applications and a current CV should be sent to Mary Byrne, Postgraduate 
Research Administrator, Research Institute for Social, Cultural and Policy 
Research, University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT.  Please write ‘AHRC 
Collaborative Doctoral Studentship’ on your envelope. 

Closing date: 

The closing date for applications is 26 June 2009.  
Interviews for short-listed candidates are likely to be held in the week 
commencing 13 July 2009. The successful candidate will be required to 
complete the relevant part of the student nomination form for forwarding to 
the AHRC by 20 July 2008. Nominations are subject to final approval by the 
AHRC.

Further Information:

Enquiries should be made to Professor Sharon Ruston, [log in to unmask] 
or on 0161 295 5071. 

The University of Salford and the Royal Institution of Great Britain are 
committed to an inclusive approach to promoting equality and diversity. We 
aim to have a more diverse workforce at all levels of the institution and 
welcome applications from people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people 
with disabilities. 

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