PhD Studentships

The Consortium provides fully-funded doctoral studentships in Heritage training and research. These studentships are advertised annually and have five unique features.

The deadline for applications for funded PhD studentships for 2017 is 6 February 2017 at 5pm. Please see the Apply section on this website.


Masters Studentships

The Consortium universities each offer one Masters studentship per year. Masters studentships will be advertised by the individual universities with links to this information here.

Other Consortium Universities will advertise studentships in due course.


University of Hull

University of Hull MRes History funded studentship

As part of the AHRC funded Heritage Consortium, the University of Hull is offering one fully-funded place on the MRes History for a UK/EU fees status applicant.

Closing date: – 5pm Thursday 7th July 2016.

 Studentships will start on 26th September 2016

For further information and an informal discussion contact:

Programme Leader: Dr David Bagchi, 01482 466548, Department of History

The MRes History is designed to offer a grounding in historical research and either to prepare you for higher study at PhD level or – if taken as a stand-alone qualification – to cultivate transferable skills for employment in a range of related careers such as archives and libraries, teaching and research work. Past students have entered the wide range of careers open to arts and humanities graduates.

Students can choose to investigate any period or area of history for which the department can offer supervision and each has a personal research supervisor. The core module offers training in the fundamental skills and the theoretical basis of historical research work, and directly supports the dissertation. You can choose from a range of options. You can take modules that offer training in specific research skills, such as palaeography or languages, or you can pursue further study in your chosen historical period.

For the studentship, preference will be given to applicants proposing to research a topic relating to heritage and/or public history. The application system requires you to propose your research project.

In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with normally at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject.

This full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘home/EU’ student rate and maintenance (£9,876 in 2016/17) for one year.

Please use the online application system, and follow these steps on the ‘Programme selection’ page:

1.       Choose ‘Research’ as programme type
2.       Choose ‘Hull’ as preferred campus
3.       Choose either the ‘Full-time’ or ‘Part-time’ option
4.       Type ‘MRes History’ into the ‘Research topic’ box
5.       Choose ‘MRes’ as the type of award
6.       Choose ‘Department of History’ as the department
7.       Choose ‘September 2016’ as the start date
All applications for the MRes History should contain a research proposal covering your intended dissertation research. We use this in considering your application and in assigning you a dissertation supervisor at the start of your programme, though we recognise that dissertation plans may sometimes develop further once students have begun their core research skills training.
The research proposal should approximately 1,000 words long, and should cover the following areas:
  • What your intended research question will be and why the question is important to historians in your field(s)
  • The existing secondary literature around the topic (the main works on related topics, and what debates or disagreements scholars in your relevant field(s) are having)
  • What primary sources you intend to use, bearing in mind the timescale of your research
  • Any methodological innovations, problems or limitations that your sources and methods might raise
  • How your research will make independent and original use of your sources and methods, rather than just repeating research others have done
  • What your hypothesis is (what does your existing knowledge of the topic make you expect that you will find once you have finished the research?)
The University of Hull also provides more general guidance about postgraduate research proposals.
Please upload the research proposal as a separate document during the electronic application process.

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