Fully-funded AHRC Collaborative PhD studentship Globalising Communities: The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Socio-Economic Development of Northern Scotland, 1750 to 1850

Glasgow Caledonian University and the National Library of Scotland

Start Date: 1 October 2013


Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and the National Library of Scotland (NLS) invite applications for a three-year collaborative doctoral studentship. This studentship is fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (ARHC) and the successful candidate will be registered at GCU and will be supervised by Dr S. Karly Kehoe (GCU), Dr Annie Tindley (GCU) and Dr Maria Castrillo (NLS).

The aim of this project is to demonstrate that, far from being a people confined to Britain’s geopolitical margins, the outlook of many northern Scots, alongside other rural Britons, was inherently global and was focused on the transformation of their local communities. The successful candidate will interrogate the archival materials specifically related to northern Scotland within the rich collections of the National Library of Scotland and those of the lesser-known regional archives in Inverness, Perth and Argyll and Bute. In addition to the production of the thesis, the student will also work with Drs Kehoe, Tindley and Castrillo to build a travelling public exhibition, hosted by the NLS and partner archives in the Highlands and Islands as well as some local schools, to display and interpret the key research findings. This will be accompanied by a series of talks and interactive activities, to increase the potential impact of the exhibition, and the research behind it.

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This studentship will cover home/EU fees and will provide a maintenance stipend (currently £13,726) for each of the three years of study. In addition to this, the NLS will provide a total of £3,000 to the student (£1,000 per year).


The Graduate School within GCU will provide detailed training and learning opportunities for the PhD candidate on all aspects of the PhD process. The National Library’s role is to provide the student with instructions and tools in the use of the Library’s collections for his/her research and to make available staff expertise which will facilitate use of those collections.


Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr S. Karly Kehoe (Karly.Kehoe@gcu.ac.uk).

Application Process:

Students must meet the residency requirements for the Arts and Humanities Research Council Postgraduate Studentships. For further information, please go to the following link:


Applicants are expected to have a Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field. The successful candidate will be expected to be based primarily in Edinburgh at the NLS, but will also be expected to travel to the Highlands and Islands to consult the connected collections of other archives.

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Further information about the NLS can be found here:


Completed electronic applications should be submitted to Karly Kehoe by 5 July 2013; interviews will be held during the week of 22 July 2013. Applications must include the following:

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  • A covering letter indicating your suitability for the project (not more than two sides of A4)
  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • Proof of eligibility (or a verifiable statement about the expected outcome of your current programme of study in the case of those currently registered in a Master’s programme)
  • The contact details of two academic references

 Closing date: 5 July 2013

To apply click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

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