The Veale-Straschnov Doctoral Studentships

The IHR will offer two Veale-Straschnov Doctoral Studentships for new doctoral students at the Institute of Historical Research. This award provides support for mature students, aged 25 and over, seeking to begin a research degree at the Institute.

About the Veale-Straschnov Doctoral Studentships

Awards will be funded from a benefaction left to the IHR by Elspeth Veale, in remembrance of her late sister Jean and brother-in-law George Straschnov, and up to two will be awarded annually.  Elspeth Veale (1916-2015) trained as a teacher of history. She was awarded a one-year research fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in 1950 where she began work on the history of the English Fur Trade, subsequently published as The English Fur Trade in the Later Middle Ages (1966). She became a university lecturer and Dean of Humanities at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.

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Amount awarded: 

Full annual academic fees for 3 Years (Full-Time) and 6 Years (Part-Time)


Eligibility requirements

The Veale-Straschnov Doctoral Studentships are intended to cover the fees of mature students embarking on a doctorate at the Institute of Historical Research. The selection panel will take into account the strength of the applicant’s project; their academic background; and their financial circumstances. 

The award will be made for the initial year of study in the first instance, but will only be extended subject to favourable annual academic progress reports. For further information on fees, please see:

Awards are open to mature students newly-accepted to read for the PhD degree at the IHR. For this purpose a mature student will be understood to be anyone who, on starting his or her doctorate, is aged 25 or over. The award is only available to new doctoral students joining the IHR from 1 October 2023; doctoral students already on-course are ineligible.

Eligibility Guidelines

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