4-year MA and PhD studentship: Modern Russian Social/Economic History ART117

University of Nottingham – Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership

Modern Russian Social/Economic History

To be held in the Department of History, University of Nottingham

The Department of History, University of Nottingham, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified Home candidates for a fully-funded 4-year programme of study leading to a PhD in Modern Russian Social and/or Economic History (from the mid-19th century). Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an excellent record of academic achievement in History, Russian studies or a related discipline, and potential for completing an original and independent research project in modern Russian history.

Some knowledge of the Russian language is necessary, but further training can be provided.

The Department will select one or more candidates to co-develop full applications for ESRC Doctoral Studentships offered through the Area Studies (Russian and East European) Pathway of the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership. The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.

At the University of Nottingham, successful applicants will join a strong team of PhD and Postdoctoral researchers in Russian History in the Department of History, working under the supervision of Dr Sarah Badcock and Dr Nick Baron. For a list of current ESRC-funded PhD projects in the Department, please see under the ‘Research’ tab here.

The Midlands Graduate School Area Studies (Russian and East European) Pathway 4-year programme comprises one year of training in relevant social science research methods (to MA level) plus 3 years of supervised research on an original topic in Russian social and/or economic history (to PhD level).

Candidates who already have an ESRC-accredited MA in History or a cognate discipline, and can demonstrate extensive expertise in social science research methods, may apply for a +3 PhD programme. Candidates without MA degrees and those with a non-ESRC-accredited MA degree may only apply for the 1+3 programme.

Midlands Graduate School ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend (if eligible) and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. To check your eligibility, visit: www.mgsdtp.ac.uk/studentships/eligibility/

Application procedure

If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr Badcock (sarah.badcock@nottingham.ac.uk) and Dr Baron (nick.baron@nottingham.ac.uk) as soon as possible before 22 December 2017 (we cannot consider any enquiries or expressions of interest after that date), sending your CV, a one-page note on your preparation and motivation to conduct research to PhD level in modern Russian socio-economic history, and a one-page outline of your proposed research topic. We can advise the fit of your proposed research with our interests and expertise.

If the Department agrees to support your application to the MGS, you will then need to submit an application a PhD place to the University of Nottingham (two academic references will be required) and for funding to the Midlands Graduate School, the deadline for which is Thursday 18 January 2018.