Previously CMH posted the call for applications for the PhD studentship. Below is an update of the original post including all the new details. Please contact Sarah Mclusky with any queries.


The Durham Life of Breath project team invites medical humanities PhD proposals which address either of the following topics

  • Stigma and/or stereotypes in relation to breathing, breathlessness and/or lung disease
  • Engaging with Life of Breath project stakeholders especially people living with breathlessness, their supporters, healthcare professionals and the wider community

Applicants must have an excellent Honours degree, preferably a Masters, in a subject appropriate to the project proposal. The successful candidate will show evidence of relevant experience and demonstrate the potential to be an excellent researcher. They will also be able to communicate clearly and effectively and to engage confidently with the world beyond academia. Knowledge or experience relating to the study of breath or public engagement with research would be beneficial. Students for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of at least 7.5.

This is a full-time three year studentship, commencing Autumn 2016, registered with either the Department of Anthropology or Department of English Studies but based within the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University. It is fully funded with UK/EU fees, fieldwork expenses and a stipend at the Wellcome Trust rate (approx. £20,000 pa) included.

To apply, submit a response to the project brief (no more than 1000 words) describing and justifying your project proposal along with a covering letter, current CV and contact details for two referees. Applications should be emailed directly to Sarah Mclusky by 23:59 GMT on Monday 11 April 2016. Interviews will take place in Durham on Thursday 28/Friday 29 April 2016.

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