'Royal Dornoch' PhD Studentship - History

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) provides university-level education through a unique partnership of thirteen colleges and research institutions located throughout the Highlands & Islands.

PhD Opportunity

The Royal Dornoch PhD Studentship: a sport, cultural and intellectual history of Dornoch and the wider Moray Firth region, c.1600 - 1800

£60,000 (over three years, 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2016)

The Centre for History, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), is offering a three-year PhD Research Studentship on the theme of the history of sport and culture in the Dornoch and broader Moray Firth coastal region, c.1600-1800. The ‘Royal Dornoch PhD Studentship’, funded by the Royal Dornoch Golf Club and UHI’s Development Trust, will involve the interrogation of key printed primary sources, as well as the exploration of manuscripts in local, regional and national archives elsewhere in the Highlands and throughout Scotland. An essential element of the studentship will be the student’s involvement in the town’s ‘400 Years of Golf in Dornoch’ project. This will comprise assistance with compiling and presenting of golf-related material culture and documents for an exhibition and catalogue, giving a public talk on the theme of golf history in Dornoch and the wider Moray Firth region, in addition to researching and writing a scholarly article on early modern sport or a wider cultural or intellectual history of the same location, to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

The Centre for History will award the Royal Dornoch PhD Studentship, which will begin on or before 1 September 2013. An annual sum will be paid to the successful candidate as a maintenance allowance for a maximum of three years, with postholders receiving an additional support during this period with research costs as well as, for home/EU applicants, the full payment of postgraduate research fees, while non-EU applicants will be liable for the balance as regards the payment of these fees. The award will be made, subject to satisfactory progress, for a period of three years. The award holder will be expected to undertake an element of teaching and administrative work as a condition of her/his award and will be based at the Centre for History in Dornoch. Applicants for the studentship should hold or be expecting a First Class undergraduate degree award, and/or, at the time of taking up the post, to have confirmation of having passed a related postgraduate Masters degree, although those applying who hold a good 2:1 in their first degree will be considered on merit. Applications, comprising a completed application form (including the names and addresses of two referees and a 1,000 - 2,000 word statement outlining a research proposal), a covering letter with details of any teaching experience, full CV, and examples of the candidate’s written work not exceeding 3,000 words (e.g. undergraduate or Masters essay) must be submitted by 4pm on 22 February 2013.

For informal enquiries in advance of application, please contact Dr David Worthington at david.worthington@uhi.ac.uk

Tel: 00 44 (0)1847 889624

For further details about the Centre for History please visit www.history.uhi.ac.uk

Application forms and further details can be obtained from the Centre for History’s Administrative Officer, Alison MacWilliam at history@uhi.ac.uk
Applications should be emailed to: history@uhi.ac.uk

The closing date is Friday 22 February 2013

Interviews will be held on 14 March 2013 at the Centre for History, Burghfield House, Dornoch.

 

21 Feb 2013