2019 WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Award Competition

Two faculty members of the IMS will collaborate with Leeds Museum and Galleries to supervise a 2019 WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Award focusing on Kirkstall Abbey: applications are currently open.

WRoCAH (White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities), a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), is supported by large awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). WRoCAH emphasies collaboration across institutions and with external partners, and seeks to equip high-achieving researchers with the skills and experience to become leaders in their chosen fields. 

WRoCAH has at least eight AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentships to award to 2019 entries; a full list of projects on offer is available. Potential applicants should view the Guidance Notes for applicants and more information about the WRoCAH model.

Kirkstall Abbey: Medieval Monastic Site in the Changing World - from Romantic Ruins to Community Resource

The Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) at the University of Leeds and Leeds Museums and Galleries will be collaborating on a project titled 'Kirkstall Abbey: Medieval Monastic Site in the Changing World - from Romanic Ruins to Community Resource'. Professor Emilia Jamroziak (School of History, IMS), Dr Iona McCleery (School of History, IMS), and Katherine Baxter (Curator of Archaeology, Leeds Museums and Galleries) will co-supervise the project. 

Kirkstall Abbey is unique in the UK as a medieval Cistercian site located within a modern city with significant above-ground remains of the core claustral area and parts of the western grange. This interdisciplinary project will explore the post-medieval history of the abbey in relation to the city and community of Leeds using local archives and collections, and will explore 20th and 21st century processes of museology in the presentation of the site, while engaging with international debates in this field. 

Interested applicants should read through further details of this three-year PhD research project, as well as the WRoCAH Guidance Notes.

The first application stage is due by 17 December 2018; interviews are 11 January 2019. The Stage 1 application includes sucessfully applying for a place of study at the University of Leeds, a project statement, CV, transcript, two academic references, and an IELTS Certificate (if applicable). 

For queries about the project, contact Professor Emilia Jamroziak (E.M.Jamroziak@leeds.ac.uk).