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Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in History: "The Europeanisation of British Defence Procurement in the Cold War: The RAF and the Panavia Tornado"

Lancaster University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Lancaster
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,009 maintenance stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th December 2019
Closes: 29th February 2020

We invite applications for a fully funded (academic fees and maintenance stipend) AHRC NWCDTP Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship to research, write, and complete a dissertation on the project “The Europeanisation of British Defence Procurement in the Cold War: The RAF and the Panavia Tornado”. A joint-project of Lancaster University and the RAF Museum, the student will be supervised by Dr Marco Wyss (first supervisor) and Dr Thomas Mills (second supervisor) (Lancaster University), as well as Dr Harry Raffal (RAF Museum). In making use of the RAF Museum’s collections, as well as national, specialised, and business archives, the student will have the fascinating and challenging opportunity to explore Britain’s political, economic, and strategic rationale and role in the multinational European co-operation, which produced the Panavio Tornado multirole combat aircraft. The PhD student will be someone with an excellent background in History (ideally at both undergraduate and postgraduate level), and a good understanding of Military, International, and/or Economic/Business History. The student will be provided with a workplace both within the Department of History and the RAF Museum, and will become a full member of Lancaster University’s Centre for War and Diplomacy.

The studentship consists of the payment of academic fees (at the standard RCUK rate) for 3.5 years; a maintenance stipend (£15,009, in 2019/20) for 3.5 years; access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) fund for research related expenses, including conference attendance and fieldwork expenses; access to Overseas Institutional Visits (OIV) and Placements; and access to a Cohort Development Fund (CDF) to support the wider cohort of doctoral students, in organising events such as conferences, workshops, public engagement events, etc. Moreover, the student will be able to apply for funding through the RAF Museum’s programmes of academic support.

For any informal enquiries about this studentship, please get in touch with Dr Marco Wyss (

Formal applications should be emailed to Ms Rebecca Sheppard ( by 29 February 2020 enclosing a covering letter, curriculum vitae, an academic writing sample (dissertation, essay, or similar of maximum 5,000 words), and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

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