AHRC-funded PhD studentship at the University of Aberdeen

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship to undertake research on selected bishoprics in the archdiocese of Nidaros between 1250 and the Reformation. The Studentship will be held at the University of Aberdeen, beginning on the 1st of January 2014. The PhD student will be attached to The Centre for Scandinavian Studies, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, College of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Aberdeen. The Studentship forms part of a three-year research project 'A prosopographical study of bishops' careers in northern Europe', funded by the AHRC and directed by Dr Sarah Thomas (University of Hull) and Professor Stefan Brink (University of Aberdeen). The holder of the PhD studentship will join a project team made of Thomas and Brink, and will be a member of the research community of the Centre for Scandinavian Studies.

Duration: 3 years Value: a stipend £13,726 per year (and the AHRC also pays for the fees)

Deadline for application: 15 November 2013

Start of studentship: 1 January 2014

Research topic within the studentship: The PhD candidate will conduct original research examining some aspect(s) of the bishops of the North Atlantic dioceses of Orkney, the Faroes, Greenland, Skálholt and Hólar in Iceland in comparison with the bishops of Stavanger in Norway. Applicants are invited to contact Dr Sarah Thomas (S.E.Thomas@hull.ac.uk) or Prof. Stefan Brink (s.brink@abdn.ac.uk) to discuss potential topics prior to applying.

Supervision and support: The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr Sarah Thomas and Prof. Stefan Brink. As a member of the project team the candidate will be expected to contribute to project meetings, activities, and events, and will have some organizational responsibilities. In addition to having access to postgraduate training and support provided by the Centre for Scandinavian Studies and the College of Arts and Social Sciences, the candidate will have specific opportunities within the project to develop research skills, present at conferences, and publish papers.

Criteria: Applications are invited from candidates who have a first-class or good upper second-class degree in History or a related discipline or a relevant area of study, and preferably have completed a Postgraduate Research Masters degree + AHRC conditions of eligibility; or an equivalent exam from a non-UK University. Prior knowledge of Old Norse, Latin and a modern Scandinavian language would be advantageous.

More details can be found in the attached document.

11 Oct 2013