PhD Studentship: Anglo-Scottish relations in the early sixteenth century, c.1500-1560

University of Kent - History

This CHASE collaborative doctoral award is jointly supervised between the British Library and the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Early sixteenth-century Anglo-Scots relations are ripe for reassessment and we expect that the successful candidate will have considerable scope to shape a project in accordance with their own intellectual interests. However, we anticipate the project will step away from existing traditional diplomatic history to produce a new more rounded history of the period. Possible areas for exploration include: the role of women in diplomacy, the Anglo-Scottish borders, the role of the early reformation in Anglo-Scots relations, and the role of information exchange and espionage in cross border relations. Working in the BL’s Cotton collections and elsewhere the student will have considerable autonomy to develop the project based on archival discoveries.

The student will have the opportunity to contribute to a major BL exhibition on Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots with opportunities for public engagement. The successful applicant will have staff-level access to the BL collections and skill-specific training opportunities.

This is one of two awards offered, suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to both.

Names of supervisors:

Dr Amy Blakeway (Lecturer in History, University of Kent).

Dr Andrea Clarke (Lead Curator Medieval & Early Modern Manuscripts, British Library).


UK/EU nationals who meet the Research Council residency criteria welcome to apply.  

For details of the residency criteria please refer to the Research Council Handbook (Section 6/44-46). If you are unsure about your eligibility please email and we will be happy to make an assessment for you.

Academic Criteria:

Applicants are required to hold a Bachelor Degree at 2:1 or better in a relevant subject and hold or are expected to hold a Master’s degree in a relevant subject by September 2018.

Expected Start Date: 1 October 2018.

Award Components and Value:

Stipend at AHRC rate (£14,777 for 2018/19), plus fees.

Additional research expense allowance to cover travel from Canterbury to the British Library.

Duration of Funding: 3 YEARS (the scholarship is only offered on a full time basis).

Closing Date for Applications:  Tuesday 8 May 2018, 12:00 (midday, London time).

Interviews: Friday 25 May, University of Kent, Canterbury campus.

Entry Requirements:

The successful candidate will have an excellent BA Honors degree, or equivalent qualification. The candidate will have, or be studying for a Master’s Degree in a relevant subject (e.g.: History, Early Modern History, Early Modern Studies, Early Modern/Renaissance literature).  They should have prior experience working with early modern/late medieval manuscripts, as well as relevant linguistic and technical skills at a level commensurate with career stage.

Essential: Excellent palaeography

Desirable: Latin and/or French (training will be offered in these areas should this be necessary).

Informal Enquiries:

Dr Amy Blakeway,

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