AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD Studentship

'The Experience of War Widows and Orphans in Northern England During the Mid-Seventeenth Century'

The University of Leicester and The National Archives are pleased to invite applications from outstanding postgraduates for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship, to commence October 2013. 

This three year studentship will pay full-time University UK/EU tuition fees and include an annual tax free stipend at standard AHRC rates (currently £13,726 a year.

The collaborative doctoral project will focus on the strategies used by and on behalf of war widows and orphans in the north of England to obtain relief during the 1640s and 1650s. It would examine the language used in the petitions of high and low status women for military pensions, and their efforts at securing the arrears of pay of their deceased husbands. Further research questions would include petitions for redress represented their husbands’ service, in what ways petitions fashioned the widows as deserving, how they played upon magisterial expectations, in what ways petitions reflected feelings of entitlement, and how the information in petitions informs us on the ‘economy of makeshifts’. The PhD will be based on extensive archival research among county archives in northern England and the State Papers collection in The National Archives. Expertise in palaeography would be an advantage although the studentship will include many opportunities for professional skills development and training.

This project will be of interest to applicants with backgrounds in early modern history and gender studies. Expertise in the fields of women’s history and the British Civil Wars would be an advantage.

The studentship is available to Home/ EU students only. The closing date for applications is the 28th May 2013.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Dr Andrew Hopper (ajh69@le.ac.uk; 0116 252 3979) or Dr Katy Mair (Katy.Mair@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk).

For further information about the project, entry requirements and how to apply visit http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/funding/war-widows.

 

5 Jun 2013