PhD Studentships in Historical Studies

The School of Historical Studies is pleased to offer two fully-funded studentships for October 2013 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.

The studentships arise from a €1.5 million European Research Council grant to Professor Clare Anderson, for the project The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective, 1415-1960. This research project, which starts February 2013, will take a case study and comparative approach to the history of imperial expansion, unfree labour, confinement, and their legacies through a focus on the history of penal colonies all over the world.

This is an excellent opportunity for interested students to undertake their PhD research as part of a prestigious international research project. There will be superb opportunities for collaboration and networking, both nationally and internationally; for engagement in impact activities (notably the production of a Transportation Atlas, and content for the project website); for participation in the project conference and writing workshop; and for the publication of research as part of the project’s academic outputs.

We would like to invite applications from students whose historical interests coincide with the project’s geographical focus and themes, as follows.

  • One research student will undertake case study research on Sakhalin (Russia), and will be supervised by Professor Anderson and Dr Zoe Knox
  • The other will undertake case studies of Rottnest and Cockatoo Islands (Australia), supervised by Professor Anderson and another colleague in the School of Historical Studies

These studentships are open to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants.

Applicants must have a first-class or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in history or a relevant discipline and meet the University’s standard English language entry requirements. It is expected that applicants will have a relevant Masters degree with merit or distinction or be able to show evidence that they will achieve this before October 2013.

Applicants for the Russian studentship should have excellent Russian language skills.

The studentships are for full-time study only and applicants must be able to commence their studies in October 2013.

2 Nov 2012