PhD Studentship: Loyal exchange: the material and visual culture of Jacobite exile, 1716-60

University of Edinburgh

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with National Museums Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (both members of the ‘Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium’ Collaborative Doctoral Partnership), is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a full-time collaborative PhD studentship undertaking a study of the material and visual culture of Jacobite exile. The studentship will commence in autumn 2017.

Scottish collections reflect the significance of material and visual culture in articulating, promoting and prolonging the Jacobite cause in exile. By analysing contemporary documentary evidence contained in sources such as the Stuart Papers, family papers and other collections, the student’s research will track the movement of objects and images between the exiled Stuart court and their supporters in Scotland. By 1760, an intertwined material and visual language of Jacobite sympathy had emerged which endured thereafter in the romantic popular culture of the post-1760 Jacobite ‘lost cause’. This project will examine how that language was originally developed through networks of personal and symbolic exchange.

Supervisors: Professor Viccy Coltman, History of Art, University of Edinburgh and Dr Stuart Allan, Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland.


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree and a Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline.

Reading knowledge of French and/or Italian would be an advantage.

Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is only open to candidates from the UK/EU.

Funding Details:

Funded by the AHRC through the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium for 3 years full time or 5 years part time study.

Tuition fees at Home/EU rate (£4,195 in 2017/18).

Maintenance award at RCUK rates (£14,553 for 2017/18).

£550/year additional maintenance grant is available from the AHRC for CDP students.

Up to £1,000/year of additional support from National Museums Scotland towards travel and related research costs.

Further information:

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Viccy Coltman -

Interviews will be scheduled for early June 2017

Starting date: September 2017

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