The following announcement came through the BNTS list. The generous scholarship will appeal to those who are interested in communicating the gospel in the digital age.
CODEC, St John’s College, University of Durham
PhD Research Project
Communicating the Gospel in a Digital Age or
Biblical Literacy in a Digital Age
£11,000 bursary per annum (plus academic fees paid)
CODEC has been awarded funding from The Methodist Church of Great Britain to establish a research project exploring either the impact of the digital age on the communication of the Gospel or the use of the Bible in the Church and in an increasingly digital society.
We are seeking a student with outstanding potential to pursue research in the above areas based at St John’s College at the University of Durham and within the newly established CODEC research centre in collaboration with the Director of Research, Revd Dr Peter Phillips.
St John’s offers a wealth of research collaboration opportunities including the Wesley Studies Centre, Cranmer Hall and the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. The research supervisory panel will bring together support from each of these centres, while the PhD will be undertaken through the normal University of Durham graduate processes.
While pursuing this research you will be expected to work together with other researchers, academic members of staff and ordinands at the various associated centres. You are expected to have a good Masters degree or at least a high 2.1 BA (Hons) (or equivalent) in Theology or a related subject. Candidates with a high 2.1 in Media or Computing Studies or related subjects as well as a postgraduate qualification in Theology will also be considered.
Ideally you will have an active interest and/or experience in more than one of the following areas:
communication, media, postmodernism, biblical literacy, missiology/evangelism.
You should have good computer skills. Good written- and verbal-communication skills are essential as are the ability to work as part of a developing research community, be self-motivated and pro-active.
The successful candidate will be expected to complete the PhD programme including the publication of relevant research papers and academic articles, as well as contributions to academic conferences and the dissemination of the conclusions reached during the research.
Candidates will provide a formal research proposal as part of the application process.
Interviews will involve the presentation of this research proposal to a panel.
For an informal discussion or an application form and further particulars please contact
Dr Peter Phillips,
Centre for Biblical Literacy,
Tel: 0191 334 3896,
Mobile: 0787 633 7157
Closing date: 31 October 2008