studentship opportunity at The Open University


I’d be grateful if you would please pass this on to anyone who might be interested/suitable.

Thanks, Helen

PhD Studentship

From Sunday Schools to Christian Education: The Christian Formation of Contemporary Youth in Historical Perspective

The Open University and Christian Education

Based in Milton Keynes and Birmingham
Full-time three year studentship

Applications are invited for this collaborative studentship funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society programme starting in October 2008. The studentship is being offered jointly by the Religious Studies Department of The Open University and Christian Education, and will give the successful candidate the opportunity to relate academic inquiry to the practical concerns of a contemporary voluntary organization. You will study the decline and eventual collapse of the Sunday School movement in twentieth-century England, and apply insights derived from history to the evaluation of Christian formation among young people in the present-day churches.

You should hold a Masters degree in a relevant discipline (such as Religious Studies, History, Theology, Education or Youth Work)  or expect successfully to complete such a degree before taking up the studentship

The successful candidate will receive the AHRC/ESRC standard maintenance grant – in 2007/2008 approx. £12,940 – with an additional contribution of £1000 per annum from Christian Education.

For detailed information and how to apply go to, call Marie-Claire Leroux, Religious Studies Department Co-ordinator, The Open University on 01908 652032 or e-mail

Closing date: 13 June 2008.  Interview date: 3 July 2008.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


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