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European Research Council (ERC) PhD studentship - Edition of a section of the Avestan Yasna

Deadline: 3 May 2018

The Project

This PhD studentship is one of three that are being offered over the next three years under the ERC-funded project ‘The Multimedia Yasna’ (MUYA) led by Professor Almut Hintze at SOAS, University of London and based in the Department of Religions and Philosophies.

The scope of the studentship is to prepare a text-critical edition with translation and commentary of a part of the Avestan Yasna. The successful candidate will also a) contribute to manuscript transcriptions, b) collate manuscripts, c) create a text-critical apparatus and constitute the text, d) contribute to the online publication of the entire Avestan Yasna.

The student will also contribute to the building of a Digital Archive which is integral to the Multimedia Project as a whole, and which is being built in conjunction with the Endangered Languages Project at SOAS and the Avestan Digital Archive Virtual Manuscript Room at SOAS and the Free University Berlin. The Archive will involve the collection and uploading of visual materials. In addition, the student will be expected to take part in MUYA’s activities (e.g., attending and supporting Project workshops and conferences, attending seminars which are organised as part of the MUYA Project,etc).

The ERC Studentship will provide a maintenance stipend and fees at the Research Council UK (RCUK) level. For 2017-18, the RCUK doctoral stipend level was £16,553 and the indicative fee level was £4,195. The corresponding values for the 2018/19 academic year are to be confirmed.

Criteria and Requirements

  • Minimum Entry Requirements. We welcome applications from qualified students holding a good Master's-level degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. The successful candidate will have a background in Avestan and Zoroastrianism.
  • Only new applicants may apply: those already enrolled on a research degree programme at SOAS are not eligible.
  • Your on-line admission application should include a research proposal outlining how you would fulfil the provisional project aims described above and a personal statement indicating how you would contribute to the overall aims of the project and the way in which you are qualified to carry it out.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2018. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
  • The studentship is open to applicants paying fees at the UK/EU or Overseas rate

Candidate Assessment

  • Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a Selection Panel consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your on-line application for admission. Selectors will be looking at your degree results and also at academic references, personal statement, research proposal and other relevant information.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on Thursday, 3 May 2018.
  • In order to be considered for this studentship, you are also required to submit a complete on-line application for admission to the research degree (MPhil/PhD) Religions and Philosophies as soon as possible but no later than the scholarship deadline of 17:00 (UK local time), 3 May 2018.
  • Please read carefully the Scholarship Application Procedures below before applying for this scholarship.

Notification of Results

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July. If you have not heard from us by the end of July, you should assume your application was unsuccessful.

Scholarship Application Procedures

Applicants should follow two steps:

VERY IMPORTANT: Please note you must complete STEP 1 BEFORE completing STEP 2.

•STEP 1: Apply for the scholarship by 17:00 (UK local time) on Thursday, 3 May 2018.

You must apply for this scholarship via the scholarship on-line application, which will be available HERE on 23 January 2018.

Once you have completed STEP 1, please complete STEP 2 below

STEP 2: Apply for the research degree (MPhil/PhD) Religions and Philosophies at SOAS

After having completed STEP 1, applicants must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission to the research degree (MPhil/PhD) Religions and Philosophies as soon as possible but no later than the scholarship deadline of 17:00 (UK local time) on Thursday, 3 May 2018.

Applications are not considered complete and will not be assessed by academic selectors if they are missing any of the following items:

  • A formal application form
  • A supporting statement
  • An up-to-date CV or Resumé
  • A Research Proposal
  • Full academic transcripts of your College/University studies to date (with official translations from the institution or provided by a recognised translator if not in English)
  • Copies of your degree certificates (with official translations from the institution or provided by a recognised translator if not in English)
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency or intention to take a recognised English Language Test
  • Two academic references - confidentially submitted by your referees.

The Doctoral School will email you when your application is complete and has gone forward for consideration by the Department. Incomplete applications, missing any of the above elements, cannot be considered.

IMPORTANT: Your on-line admission application should include a research proposal outlining how you would fulfil the provisional project aims described above and a personal statement indicating how you would contribute to the overall aims of the project and the way in which you are qualified to carry it out.


For any queries regarding the studentship application procedure, please email scholarships@soas.ac.uk

For any queries regarding the project, please email Prof. Almut Hintze ah69@soas.ac.uk