The Mercers’ Company Studentship for Doctoral Research on the history of London

The Mercers' Company

Qualification type: PhD

Location: London

Funding amount: £45,000 (ie. £15,000 per year for full-time study over three years, or pro rata for part-time students over a maximum of five years)

Hours: Full-time or part-time

Closes: 12 noon, 3rd February 2017

The Mercers’ Company, as the premier livery company of the City of London, with a Company history of over 700 years, wishes to award one doctoral studentship in the history of London, starting in October 2016, with a second to be awarded the following year.

The scheme is a partnership with Birkbeck, University of London, The Centre for Metropolitan History at the Institute of Historical Research, and University College London. The studentship must be held at one of these institutions.

Area of research

The area of research should be relevant to the history of the London in any period from the medieval to the modern (both ‘history’ and ‘London’ defined in the widest sense).

Excellence in proposals, including originality and the expected level of contribution to the field of London history, is the first criterion, but preference will be given to research proposals which will use the archives of the Mercers’ Company and/or other City of London livery companies and the archives of the City of London Corporation and which have some connection with the general areas of their history, activities and context.

Research areas which might be explored include: civic life, trade, economy, philanthropy, almshouses and other charitable institutions, religion, social networks, schools, education, material culture, the built environment, and many others. 


To be eligible for the studentship starting in the 2017-18 academic year, candidates must have received an offer of a place to carry out doctoral research at one of the three participating institutions (listed above). The deadline for application for a place at Birkbeck is 3 January 2017; for UCL and the Centre for Metropolitan History it is 6 January 2017.

Candidates must be a UK or EU citizen and meet the entry requirements of the institution they are applying to study at.

Students in full-time employment are not eligible for the studentship.

Application process

Further information on the studentship and the application process, together with the application form, can be obtained from Tom Bell at

Applicants will be required to submit the completed application form, a research proposal (up to 1000 words), a CV and a statement of support from the prospective academic supervisor by 12 noon on 3rd February 2017.

Published on: 
26 Nov 2015