Augustine Heard Postgraduate Scholarship

University of Bristol - Department of Historical Studies

Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,185 per annum (Home/EU students), or £15,500 per annum (Overseas); and maintenance stipend of £14,296 (2016/17 figure) per annum. Fees and stipend rising thereafter at an estimated 3 per cent p.a.

Contract (temp/perm) 3.5 years

Start date  18 September 2017

The project: Thanks to the generosity of a donor, the Augustine Heard Postgraduate Scholarship will provide a fully funded PhD scholarship to a scholar focusing on researching the links between British and American business communities in nineteenth-century Hong Kong, drawing in substantial part on the archives of Augustine Heard & Co. and related collections held at the Baker Library, Harvard Business School, and would involve research in additional collections in Hong Kong, London and Cambridge. The studentship would be held within the ‘Hong Kong History Project –Rethinking a City’s History’ led by Professor Robert Bickers at the University of Bristol, and will be supervised by Professor Bickers. The scholarship also includes a research expenses budget sufficient to support the research programme.

The Hong Kong History Project based at the University of Bristol ( began in January 2015, and aims to encourage and facilitate the study of the history of Hong Kong in the UK, and build new collaborations with partners in Hong Kong. At the time of advertising the project supports directly two current doctoral students, and indirectly the work of another three.

For more information please see the Faculty of Arts and Humanities funding pages.

How to apply: Please apply in writing to Professor Robert Bickers, at the Department of Historical Studies, Bristol University, 13 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB, or, with a formal research proposal, a CV, as well as a statement (no more than one page) detailing your suitability for the studentship.

Please also make an online application for this project at Please select History (PhD) on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the scholarship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Candidate requirements:  A pass at M level (or international equivalent)

Funding: Home/EU and International


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