University of Essex Department of History - AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

Applications are invited for a full-time AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship commencing autumn 2013 on Factories of Empire: The British in Baghdad and the Persian Gulf c.1620-1822.

Supervised by Dr Mark R. Frost from the Department of History, University of Essex and Dr Margaret Makepeace, Lead Curator of East India Company Records at the British Library, the successful candidate will be located at the Department of History, University of Essex and also play an active part in the British Library’s ongoing Gulf History Project. (Further information is available here:

Beginning with an examination of the British Library’s East India Company Persia and Persian Gulf Factory Records, this three-year doctoral studentship will examine the British presence in Baghdad and the Persian Gulf during a crucial era of European expansion.

The award pays fees and an annual maintenance grant (£13,726 for 2013-14) with the British Library contributing up to a further £1000 p.a. for approved research-related expenses. The usual AHRC eligibility rules apply to these studentships, including having an appropriate Masters degree by October 2013 and meeting the AHRC's residential requirements.

The closing date is 4 pm on 12 June 2013. Interviews will be held at the University of Essex in Colchester on Monday 24 June 2013.

Candidates should complete an application form (to be accessed via the Department of History’s Website: and submit this with a covering letter and full CV to: Ms Lisa Willis, Graduate Administrator (email, telephone 01206 872190)

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Mark R Frost (

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Published on: 
17 May 2013