PhD studentship in public/community/oral history

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:57:00 BST

PhD in Public/Community/Oral History

History at the University of Huddersfield invites applications for a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship in public or community history. In addition to fees (at Home/EU rate), the studentship will be funded at RCUK rates, £13,726 in 2013-14. The University of Huddersfield also has a generous package of research development funds for research students to enable attendance at conferences and public engagement activities. History has about 20 research students and has an energetic and sociable research culture, in which the successful applicant would be expected to participate.

The studentship will begin on 1 October 2013.

The successful applicant will work with Prof Paul Ward on a project about imagining communities, and particularly how a ‘sense of history’ encourages civic engagement. The project will be informed by co-design and co-production of research with community groups. The intention is to bring to the fore the question of how communities make and engage with their own histories to imagine their futures. Applications are welcome in the fields of community, public or oral history. Preference may be given to those with proposals in digital histories and the use of social media.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute about 4 hours of undergraduate teaching each week in term time across the 3 years of funding. Training will be provided. Teaching will be on twentieth-century British history and applied and community history.

Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate degree and have or soon expect to be awarded a Masters degree in a relevant discipline, such as history, public history, community history. Applicants must also have proven experience of working with community groups.

Application should be made through the university’s on-line application procedure at

You can complete the research proposal as described on the form or outline your research interests and motivation for application in such a way that a project can be developed within the first 4 months of study. This would enable development of relationships with History at Huddersfield’s various community partners.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Paul Ward for an informal discussion in advance of application – or 01484 478413.

An initial review of applications will take place during week commencing 3 June 2013 and short-listed candidates will be invited for interview as soon as possible thereafter. The application process will remain open, however, until a suitable candidate is found.

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