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PhD Studentship: The Wheeler History of Travel Writing PhD Scholarship

University of Warwick - Department of History

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully funded
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd November 2023
Closes: 23rd January 2024

As part of the newly established Wheeler History of Travel Writing Programme, the Department of History is inviting applications for up to two PhD studentships, starting in October 2024, in the History of Travel and Travel Writing.

The programme seeks to attract talented researchers whose projects may focus on any period or region of the world. Candidates who adopt a global historical perspective and have the ability to work with sources in more than one language are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will benefit from the wide-ranging expertise represented by Warwick’s Department of History and its Global History and Culture Centre as well as the range of training and development opportunities offered by the Department and Doctoral College. Candidates are encouraged to explain how their proposal fits within the department’s existing research profile.

We welcome projects that engage with the history of travel and travel writing from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary approaches, including global history, the history of science and technology, environmental history, histories of race and empire, gender history, the history of material culture, and postcolonial studies. Candidates interested in co-supervision across departments (e.g. with English and Comparative Literary Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Politics and International Studies) are invited to indicate their preference on their application. Potential areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel advice literature, from merchant manuals to commercial guidebooks
  • Travel, gender, and intersectionality
  • Travel and travel writing from the Global South
  • Difficult destinations and dark tourism
  • Vicarious travel, from armchair geography to VR
  • Underrepresented histories of travel and global inequalities
  • Travel, sustainability, and the environment

Candidates will be expected to engage in the intellectual life of the department through participation in the activities of its research centres and to actively communicate the results of their research through conference presentations, publications, and public engagement.

For further information, please contact Dr Guido van Meersbergen (Director of the Global History and Culture Centre), or Professor Mark Knights (Postgraduate Research Director).

Awards made for entry in Autumn 2024 will include the following:

Full payment of tuition fees at the UK or O/S rate.

A maintenance stipend paid at the prevailing UKRI rate for 3.5 years.

A Research, Training and Supporting Grant (RTSG) of up to £3000 per annum for 3.5 years.

A one off £1500 conference and public engagement fund.

Closing Date: 23 January 2024 - 23:59 hours (GMT)

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