Employment: John Doran Memorial Scholarship, University of Chester

Closing date: 7th November 2013

John Doran Memorial Scholarship,
Department of History and Archaeology,
University of Chester.

Salary: £13,726 per annum

Offered on a 3 year basis, depending upon satisfactory progress

The John Doran Memorial Scholarship is a funded full-time PhD studentship awarded in memory of Dr John Doran.

One Scholarship is available for entry in 2013/14, to be awarded competitively across applications received from candidates wishing to undertake research leading to the award of PhD for a thesis addressing a topic in British medieval history between c. 400 and 1200.

Applicants should note that Dr Thomas Pickles is likely to supervise the research. Dr Pickles pursues interdisciplinary research into the history of Anglo-Saxon England (c. 400 to 1066), combining written sources with settlement and cemetery archaeology, stone sculpture, metalwork, and place-names. Nevertheless, his research regularly employs written sources from the eleventh and twelfth centuries (histories, charters, episcopal acta). He has researched the relationship between social and political organisation and the development of the Church.

With that in mind, the Department would especially welcome applications for interdisciplinary research on:

  • The end of Roman Britain and the coming of the Anglo-Saxons
  • Economic, social and/or political organisation in Anglo-Saxon England, c. 400 to 1066
  • The development of the landscape in Anglo-Saxon England, c. 400 to 1066
  • Conversion to Christianity across the kingdoms of the Isles
  • The development of the Church across the kingdoms of the Isles, c. 400 to 1066
  • The Vikings in Britain
  • The Church in Anglo-Norman England, c. 1066 to 1200
  • The writing of history, c. 400 to 1200

For an informal discussion of possible projects in these areas, applicants may contact Dr Pickles (t.pickles@chester.ac.uk).

The John Doran Memorial Scholarship covers the full-time UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual maintenance stipend for up to three years. For 2013/14, the stipend will be £13,726.

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree in medieval history.

Applications should include:

  • A completed University of Chester Postgraduate Research Degree application form including contact details of two referees (at least one must be familiar with your most recent academic work)
  • Transcript of degree results
  • A project proposal of up to 500 words
  • A chapter from an undergraduate or postgraduate dissertation or other research project

Candidates may download further details and an application form UC website. Please quote the reference number HRMS/12150a.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in November 2013.

Completed applications should be received no later than 7th November 2013.


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