PhD Studentship: Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020: an Historico-Literary Analysis of her Family Life

University of Nottingham - History

Location: University Park

Applications are invited for a Faculty of Arts funded PhD studentship granted in connection to a recent AHRC Standard Grant: ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020: an Historico-Literary Analysis of her Family Life’ awarded to Professor Paul Crawford (Health Sciences) and Dr Anna Greenwood (History).

The successful candidate will be given some latitude as to the scope and approach of their doctorate, but the subject matter should fall into the general topic area: ‘Nursing Care at the Time of Nightingale’. Applicants should show they have developed an original research question, have scoped the availability of relevant archival materials and should demonstrate an in-depth engagement with relevant historiography. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years (subject to satisfactory progression), will begin on 1 January 2018 and will be supervised by Dr Greenwood and another academic selected dependent on the details of the chosen proposal.

This scholarship will cover HEU tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance grant (stipend) matching Research Councils UK recommendation – for 2017/18 £14,553 per annum, pro rata.

The University of Nottingham'sGraduate School's Research Training Programmeoffers a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses from 'Using Archives in Your Research', to 'Pathways into Publishing'. The Graduate School also runs training targeted specifically at Faculty of Arts students and the Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Centre coordinates training and events that are relevant and useful to research postgraduates in History.

How to apply

Applicants should have a First Class or Upper Second Class degree in history and an MA at distinction or merit in a relevant discipline, including medical history, history of science and gender history. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrable knowledge and interest in post 1800 nursing history specifically, or medical history generally.

Applicants must be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) and have a UK or EU tuition fee status. In general this means settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. International applicants are not eligible to apply for this studentship.

Applicants should submit via email a single MS Word or PDF document which includes a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a brief letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining their proposed research project and qualification for the studentship, a sample of writing (c. 3000 words) and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Please send this document to the email address later than 5pm on Monday 30 October 2017. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – Faculty of Arts/Nottingham studentship’.

Informal enquiries may be directed to

Interviews are scheduled to be held in Nottingham on Wednesday 22 November.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an application for PhD study in the Department of History in advance of the interview:

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