‘Re-mediating the Early Book: Pasts and Futures’ (REBPAF) is a European Commission-funded MSCA Doctoral Network that will support 13 PhD researchers undertaking projects on late medieval and early modern books. These PhD researchers will be spread across the following institutions: University of Galway (3 positions), University of Antwerp (2 positions), University of Alicante (2 positions), University of Zürich (2 positions), University of Vienna (2 positions), and University of Bristol (2 positions). All PhD researchers recruited to this network will join a vibrant and supportive international community of scholars; they will also benefit from bespoke, network-wide programming and will gain hands-on work experience in related cultural sectors as part of their training programme.
We are now accepting applications from prospective doctoral researchers. Applications are due by 10 January 2023. The PhD positions will begin on 1 September 2023. Details about the 13 individual projects and further application instructions can be found below.
The digital revolution is opening our eyes to the important historical truth that the enduring cultural and economic value of the book has always depended on its adaptability to different media, today from printed book to e-book (and back again), and in the past from manuscript book to printed book (and vice versa).
REBPAF focuses on the ways in which 15th- and 16th-century book producers (scribes, printers, entrepreneurs) negotiated the dynamic relations between the manuscript book and the printed book and adapted to the evolving challenges of the market, and it demonstrates the continuing relevance of these cultural and economic negotiations to the modern world. To this end, REBPAF unites the interests of present-day organisations that re-mediate the early book – publishers, bookdealers, museums, and other stakeholders in the creative and heritage sectors – with those of academic scholarship. REBPAF has the double aim of: 1) engaging a new generation of medievalists and early modernists in an innovative and collaborative research programme that asks fundamental and interdisciplinary questions about the history of the book and the written word and its future in a digital environment; and 2) equipping the researchers recruited to this network with high-level transferable skills and competencies to be acquired and applied not just in academic settings, but also through secondments and training workshops provided by a suite of nine European non-academic partners that have a direct interest in and relevance to our research agenda.
Successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for recruited researchers. The indicative gross salary is €3400 per month (adjusted according to a country correction formula to account for cost-of-living differences between EU Member States) plus a €600 monthly mobility allowance. An additional family allowance is also available, if applicable, and the network will financially facilitate researchers’ participation in off-site training activities where appropriate. The net salary for each researcher will be dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor. Full PhD funding is guaranteed for 36 months with the possibility of additional funding in some instances, depending on local and national arrangements. In institutions where it is customary to charge tuition fees to doctoral students, waivers will be granted for project participants.
Mobility and General Eligibility Rules
Candidates of any nationality are warmly invited to apply for any of our positions, provided that they meet our funder’s mobility rules. These mobility rules stipulate that applicants will be ineligible to take up a position at a university located in a country where they have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the application deadline. In determining eligibility, the following periods are not taken into account: a) compulsory national service; b) time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention; c) short stays such as holidays.
Please note that applicants must not yet possess a doctoral degree in any field.
Applications for all 13 REBPAF positions are made centrally. Application is a two-step process: 1) Complete the online application form; 2) Submit your supporting documents by email.
The online application form is available at:
The form will ask you to enter:
- Personal details (e.g. name, contact information)
- Details about your academic history and linguistic competencies
- Details about where you resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the three years immediately prior to the application deadline
- The names and university email contacts for two academic referees who would be willing to write a letter of support for your application
- Information about the PhD project(s) for which you would like to be considered
Please note: it is possible to express interest in multiple REBPAF PhD positions, and we encourage you to list as many as you like on the application form. The form will invite you to rank your top choices in order of preference. Please read the descriptors for each project carefully and ensure that you meet essential criteria and mobility requirements for each of the positions for which you would like to be considered.
In addition to completing the online application form, please send the following supporting documentation by email:
- An academic CV
- Either a cover letter or a personal statement (maximum 700 words) outlining your background, interests, and aptitude for doctoral-level research
- A scanned/electronic copy of your academic transcripts listing coursework and grades for each degree obtained or in progress (hard copies may be required at a later date)
- An academic writing sample (minimum 3,000 and maximum 15,000 words)
- Optionally, applicants applying for PhD Position 11 may additionally submit a portfolio of any digital projects they might have been engaged with (e.g. Github profile)
Your supporting documentation should be combined into a single PDF document. Please use your surname for the file name. Send this PDF to email@example.com using the subject line ‘REBPAF supporting documentation’.
Online application forms and all supporting documents must be received by the stated deadline in order to receive full consideration.
PhD Project Descriptions
Descriptions of the 13 individual PhD projects can be viewed at the following link: