Phd funding: Leverhulme project: An Antique Land; Geology, Philology and the Making of the Indian Subcontinent, 1830-1920

An Antique Land; Geology, Philology and the Making of the Indian Subcontinent, 1830-1920[16] (PDF) is a Leverhulme-funded research project directed by Dr Pratik Chakrabarti[17].

The project will highlight the unique convergence of cultural and scientific ideas that took place in India. In India, modernity has often existed in close proximity with the pursuit of antiquity. Modern scientific knowledge has often been used to invent and ratify ideas of Indian heritage and tradition. European scholars, Orientalists, naturalists and missionaries from the late eighteenth century, viewed India as a unique site of cultural and natural heritage. India has also evoked imaginations of 'lost worlds' or of being the 'cradle of civilization' among Europeans as well as Indians.

This project will investigate a significant but less studied instance of this intimacy between science, culture and antiquity in India by analysing how geological researches in India shaped the discovery of lost worlds within the Indian subcontinent and on a global scale. In doing so, this project will identify two processes; how the convergence of science and culture helped in the imagination of an Indian past; and second, the role the subcontinent played in global imaginations of antiquity.

The Scholarship

The scholarship is part of three year project funded by the Leverhulme trust at the School of History. This scholarship is available to UK, EU and overseas students and will cover tuition fees[18] (home/EU rate) plus a maintenance bursary.

The scholarship will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Applicant Specification

This opportunity is open to postgraduate research applicants who have applied or are applying to the School of History for entry in the academic year starting September 2013. Please visit Kent's postgraduate pages[19] for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate research study.

Candidates must hold a master's degree (merit or distinction) in a relevant subject.

Application Process

To apply for this scholarship applicants must:

  • Provide a copy of their CV.
  • Write a covering letter. This should include full name, address, telephone number and email address, as well as the names and contact details of two referees (address, e-mail, telephone number).

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for this scholarship is 28 Feburary 2013. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel-led interview in mid-March 2013.

CVs and covering letters should be sent by post or by email to:


"An Antique Land" Scholarship Applications
c/o Juliette Ashby
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,


Juliette Ashby ([20])


Published on: 
9 Jan 2013