The Anepigraphon Collection on the Gospels

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
Theology and Religion
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 06/04/2020 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

As part of the European Research Council-funded CATENA project, we are recruiting a full-time PhD project student to begin on 28th September 2020. Subject to funding confirmation, the award will provide a stipend equivalent to £20,500 per annum for three years.

The student will examine the scholia in catenae of the Gospel according to Matthew which are connected to an ‘unattributed’ collection (anepigraphon), in order to determine the nature of this compilation and its significance in biblical exegesis. The expectation is that the doctoral thesis will take the form of the first-ever scholarly edition and commentary on these passages.

The principal supervisor of the project will be Professor Hugh Houghton, assisted by another member of the project team.

The successful applicant will benefit from:

  • Guidance from experts in the field and research training from the University of Birmingham Graduate School
  • Work space and resources to attend and present at conferences
  • A vibrant research environment in the Department of Theology and Religion and its specialist research Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing

Value of Award

The studentship is available for the equivalent of three years full-time at £20,500 per annum. The student is expected to pay the cost of their tuition fees (£4,380 for Home/EU students and £17,880 for International students in 2020/21).

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should have an excellent first degree in a relevant subject such as New Testament or Classics, and is also expected to have completed or be in the point of completing a Masters degree. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in New Testament Greek; experience of working with ancient or medieval manuscripts and knowledge of editorial technique are also desirable. Candidates are expected to be computer literate.

Open to full-time, campus-based UK/EU or overseas students. 

How to Apply

Applications should be clearly marked ‘CATENA03’ and sent to the College of Arts and Law Graduate School by Monday 6 April 2020 on

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A CV
  • A writing sample of up to 5000 words
  • A covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentship including the names and emails of two academic referees.

A formal application to the University of Birmingham may be required at a later date.

Interviews will be conducted in Birmingham or by video-conference in the week of 27th April 2020.

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