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BAME PhD Studentship in History

University of Hertfordshire - School of Humanities

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Hatfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Full tuition fee waiver for three years and a bursary at UK Research Council rates which for 2020-2021 will be £15,285
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th November 2020
Closes: 7th December 2020


The University of Hertfordshire’s School of Humanities is committed to supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. BAME students are underrepresented at postgraduate research level within the School, only making up 8% of PhD students as opposed to 57% of undergraduate and 34% of postgraduate taught students. Across the sector, BAME individuals account for only 4.6% of academics in History.

To encourage BAME students to consider academic research careers in our disciplines, we are inviting applications from UK-based students who self-identify as BAME for a 3-year, fully funded PhD studentship in History.

There are many ways to increase diversity in research careers, and we strongly encourage applications from people who identify with additional protected characteristics, those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education, and people who are the first in their family to study at university.

Areas of supervisory expertise

We have diverse supervisory expertise and are in principle open to applications on any topic in history. Potential applicants may nonetheless wish to consider the research interests and expertise of the faculty. This includes, but is not limited to:

twentieth-century Irish political history; twentieth-century everyday life; migration history; public history and heritage studies; histories of medicine and health; Australian history; twentieth-century international history; film and history; history of women, gender and the family in the eighteenth century to the present; sexuality and religion in the Atlantic world; medicine and the body in the seventeenth century; history of the supernatural, popular religion, and popular medicine in the early modern and modern periods; democratic and social movements and popular protest from the eighteenth century to the present; landscape and environmental heritage; urban history and town planning; gender, race and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the British Empire; colonial South Asia; law and crime.

For further details about the history group team and their research please visit:

Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding amount: Full tuition fee waiver for three years and a bursary at UK Research Council rates which for 2020-2021 will be £15,285.  

Duration: Three years

Closing application date: 7 December 2020

Expected start: 1 February 2021

Person specification

To apply for this studentship, you must:

  • Be permanently resident in the UK.
  • Hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master's degree, in a relevant discipline.
  • Self-identify as a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) student.

Application process

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form.
  • A 2000-word research proposal
  • Two academic references.
  • Copies of qualification certificates and transcripts.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • Certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Please send your application to: You should indicate that you wish to be considered for the 3-year studentship in the subject line of the email.

For enquiries regarding research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire and this application process, please email Ms Lynette Spelman (

For enquiries concerning these studentships please email Dr Rowland Hughes, Associate Dean Research in the School of Humanities (

For history-specific enquiries please contact Professor Tony Shaw (

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