- UK/EU/International: UK and EU
- Type of project: Competition funded PhD projects
- Value: Full-time AHRC Competition Studentships for doctoral research are 3 years in duration (or 5 years part time). Awards are subject to satisfactory academic progress. Awards must be taken up in October 2019. No deferrals are possible. Awards will comprise UK/EU fees at Research Council rates and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£14,777 in 2017/8).
- Number of awards: 1
- Deadline: 10 December 2018
- Project description:
This project focuses on the history of the Corps of Commissionaires – a voluntary association which provided employment for former military service personnel. Through this case study, the project opens up new perspectives on major developments in the social, cultural and military history of modern Britain, from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentieth century. It also involves work on the private archive of Corps Security – the direct descendent of the Commissionaires – which will enhance access to the organisation’s history and help Corps Security develop an enriched appreciation of its own history and heritage.
Besides original research, the successful applicant will work with Corps Security to enhance access to the Corps archive and to promote understanding of the company’s history and heritage. This work will take the form of a placement project, based at company premises, which is expected to take place over a 12-month period. Working closely with the supervisory team, the student will identify sections of the archive to prioritise for cataloguing, conduct and report upon detailed research from these materials, and produce a high-quality catalogue of their contents to aid future researchers. Additionally, the student will enter some of the most valuable records from the archive into a database to make them more easily accessible. These will include the members’ registers, which are especially valuable sources for family historians seeking to learn more about relatives who joined the Corps.
Military Service, Philanthropy and Security in Modern Britain: The Corps of Commissionaires, 1859 – 1973
Strong applicants will have a good first degree in an appropriate subject, as well as a Master’s degree and professional experience relevant to the scope of the project (or experience of belonging to a collaborative team). Please note that all applicants should meet the AHRC’s academic criteria and residency requirements (http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/2019-cda/).
How to apply
Stage 1 - Apply for a place of study
You will need to apply for a PhD place clearly stating to which project you wish to apply, by the deadline given below.
To assess your academic ability to undertake three years of independent research you may be required to provide the following evidence as well as take part in an interview process:
•Project Statement (a two-page statement that conveys your motivation and enthusiasm for the project and demonstrate your suitability for the intended study)
•Transcripts of marks for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees plus certificates where available
•Two academic references http://ses.leeds.ac.uk/download/1484/reference_template-research_degrees from referees who will be able to provide their references by the deadline for Stage 1
•IELTS Certificate (if applicable)
Stage 2 Apply for funding to WRoCAH
Candidates selected after Stage 1 then liaise with the project supervisory team to submit a WRoCAH studentship application via the WRoCAH online application form by the 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019 deadline.
NB: Candidates who have been unsuccessful in Phase One can submit a separate WRoCAH application as a non-CDA applicant.