PhD Studentship in Historical Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Sunday, June 23, 2013
The School of Historical Studies is pleased to offer this fully-funded studentship for October 2013 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.

The studentship arises from a €1.5 million European Research Council grant to Professor Clare Anderson, for the project The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective, 1415-1960.

This research project, which started March 2013, will take a case study and comparative approach to the history of imperial expansion, unfree labour, confinement, and their legacies through a focus on the history of penal colonies all over the world. It will employ a project manager and two postdoctoral researchers, and includes provision for the PhD studentship advertised here. The research student will focus on Sakhalin Island, Russia.  This is an excellent opportunity for a student, passionate about history, with a background in history, another social science and/or Russian
This is an excellent opportunity for interested students to undertake their PhD research as part of a prestigious international research project. There will be superb opportunities for collaboration and networking, both nationally and internationally; for engagement in impact activities (notably the production of a Transportation Atlas, and content for the project website); for participation in the project conference and writing workshop; and for the publication of research as part of the project’s academic outputs.

Research Areas and Supervision
We would like to invite applications from students whose historical interests coincide with the project’s geographical focus and themes.

The successful applicant will undertake case study research on Sakhalin (Russia), and will be supervised by ProfessorClare Anderson and Dr Zoe Knox.

The successful applicant will have considerable flexibility in determining the scope of their research. However, we are interested in reading proposals that fall within the project’s broad objectives, which are to:
  • quantify and map global convict flows and circulations
  • assess the importance of convicts as a labour supply
  • specify qualitatively the character of convict work and management, convict relationships with neighbouring communities, and convict experiences of transportation
  • compare the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of each site with other labour flows - e.g. of slaves, indentured servants, soldiers - and adequately theorise convict transportation in debates about freedom/ unfreedom, circulation and mobility
  • give details of the flow of ideas, practices, and personnel within and across nations and empires and to specify whether the global powers copied each other’s ideas or designed transportation systems anew
  • trace the influence of penal colonies on other types of confinement, and vice versa - e.g. asylums, prisons, agricultural colonies etc. - and analyse the flow of ideas, practices, and officials across these spaces
  • show and analyse what the impacts of convict transportation were with respect to culture, demography, and the built environment and what happened to ex-convicts and their descendants
  • find out how histories of penal transportation are told in museums, heritage sites, and monuments and how they have influenced people’s sense of identity.
The successful applicant will be expected to conduct research in libraries and archives outside Leicester and overseas.

Entry Requirements
This studentship is open to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants.
Applicants must have a first-class or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in history or a relevant discipline and meet the University’s standard English language entry requirements. It is expected that applicants will have a relevant Masters degree with merit or distinction or be able to show evidence that they will achieve this before October 2013.
Applicants should have good Russian language skills.
The studentship is for full-time study only and applicants must be able to commence their studies in October 2013.

Financial Information
The studentship package is generous and include over a period of three years (36 months):
  • a tax-free stipend of £17,400 per year
  • additional funds for UK and international research travel
  • provision to attend one national and one international conference in the final year of registration
Please note that the successful applicant will be required to pay their tuition fees; the University's research degree tuition fees are currently £3,828 for UK/EU applicants and £10,915 for international applicants.
Informal Enquiries
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Clare Anderson:

Apply Now
To apply, simply follow our three-point checklist:
  1. Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research and how you intend to do it
  2. Prepare your supporting documents
  3. Submit your online application or apply by post

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 August 2013.

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