AHRC-funded PhD Studentship: University of Leicester and The National Archives

The University of Leicester and The National Archives are pleased to invite applications for a three-year AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, to commence on 1 October 2013. This studentship is one of six awarded to the Thames Consortium, which comprises three London-based institutions: the National Portrait Gallery, The National Archives, and the National Maritime Museum.

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 how 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. It is intended the studentship will inform knowledge exchange and impact beyond academia through the University of Leicester’s collaboration with the National Civil War Centre at Newark Museum scheduled to open in December 2014.

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 thesis will be supervised by Dr Andrew Hopper (Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester) and Dr Katy Mair (The National Archives).

The standard tuition fees and maintenance grant will be paid by the AHRC to the award holders. In addition the student would be eligible to apply for small grants from the University of Leicester towards attending archives and conferences. The student would be a member of the postgraduate community in the University’s prestigious Centre for English Local History and part of a growing cohort of PhD students supervised by staff from The National Archives.

Applicants should hold (or expect to achieve in 2013) a Master’s degree and either a 1st Class or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Eligibility to Apply

In order to apply, you must fulfil both the academic and the residency criteria laid down by the AHRC. Please see the AHRC’s Guide to Student Funding 2013.


 Potential applicants may put any questions to Dr Andrew Hopper (ajh69@le.ac.uk) or Dr Katy Mair (Katy.Mair@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk).

 Deadline for applications: 28 May 2013

 Interviews will be held at the Centre for English Local History, Marc Fitch Historical Institute, 5 Salisbury Rd, Leicester, LE1 7QR in the week commencing the 24 June 2013.

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Published on: 
10 May 2013