AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: ‘Patronage and the Royal Navy’

Project:Patronage and the Royal Navy

Duration of studentships: 3 years

Annual stipend:£16,276 maintenance plus tuition fees.

Applications are invited for a doctoral studentship tenable at University College London (UCL), in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum (NMM). This doctoral award is funded though the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme. The project will be supervised by Professor Stephen Conway, Head of the History Department at UCL, and Dr James Davey, Curator of Naval History at the NMM.

Using the Royal Navy as a case study, the successful candidate will be expected to utilise a wide variety of sources to examine the nature and broader meaning of patronage in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Britain. At the project’s heart will be the collections of the NMM, with particular emphasis on recently acquired manuscript material that sheds considerable new light on this subject.


The studentship will run for 3 years from September 2013.


Person specification: We are looking for a highly promising student who will relish the opportunity of combining academic research on this topic with involvement with a national museum. No prior experience of naval history is required, though applicants with an understanding of the service in this period will be welcome. Individuals with backgrounds in any relevant aspect of British eighteenth or nineteenth century history are encouraged to apply, particularly those with an interest in ideas of social advancement, professionalism and expertise. The appointee will be expected to attend relevant training courses arranged by a consortium of London-based Collaborative Doctoral Partnership institutions, as well as courses run for doctoral students within UCL.

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It is expected that applicants will have a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in history or a related discipline, and be due to complete a Masters degree by September 2013.


Eligibility: The successful candidate must meet AHRC eligibility criteria. Full details concerning eligibility are available from the AHRC website: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Student-Funding-Guide.pdf


How to apply: Please email your application in pdf format to Claire Morley (claire.morley@ucl.ac.uk). Please include a full CV, and outline (maximum 500 words) of the proposed area of research and a statement of how your education so far has prepared you for this position.Â


Please arrange for TWO academic referees to write confidentially to Professor Stephen Conway (c/o Claire Morley) to be received no later than the closing date.Â


Informal enquiries should be sent to Professor Stephen Conway (s.conway@ucl.ac.uk)


Closing date 5pm on Tuesday 7th May 2013.
Interview date  Thursday 16th May 2013.


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