Postgraduate research opportunities

''Hear the Hammers Ring: Shipyard Workers, Literary Culture and Communities in Clydeside and Belfast, 1840-1914'' (SGSAH-AHRC PhD Studentship)

Applications are invited for a fully funded collaborative PhD studentship (fees and maintenance at standard AHRC rates, for 3.5 years) starting 1 October 2021 at the University of Strathclyde and the Scottish Maritime Museum.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

26 April 2021

Deadline

13 May 2021

Duration

3.5 years

Eligibility

Applicants should have a strong academic record, including excellent results in an undergraduate and Masters degree in any related subject area (normally, a First Class undergraduate degree and/or Distinction at Masters or equivalent).

Please note that this studentship is open to UK and non-UK applicants; fee costs are covered at Home student rates.  If an international applicant is selected, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will contribute the difference between Home and International fees.

Project Details

This University of Strathclyde project (in collaboration with the Scottish Maritime Museum) aims to uncover the writings of shipyard workers in the long nineteenth century, and consider their engagements with literary and associational cultures, and the way in which they represent issues such as professional identity, migration, religion and culture. The student will work with the Scottish Maritime Museum on contextualizing their holdings in relation to project findings and will have the opportunity to develop public engagement activities with the museum. 

This is an interdisciplinary project suited to students with interests in history, literature or heritage, and with an enthusiasm for exploring working-class culture. The supervisory team consists of Professor Kirstie Blair (English), Dr Niall Whelehan (History) and Mr Matthew Bellhouse Moran (Curator, Scottish Maritime Museum). The student will be able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by SGSAH (Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities) as well as belonging to an active cohort of PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School at Strathclyde.

Funding Details

Fees and maintenance at standard AHRC rates, for 3.5 years. (Stipend: £15,609 Fee: £4,500 for 2021/22)

Please note that this studentship is open to UK and non-UK applicants; fee costs are covered at Home student rates.  If an international applicant is selected, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will contribute the difference between Home and International fees.

How to apply

Please submit: 

  • a cover letter outlining why you are interested in the project
  • a brief (1-2 page) CV
  • a 2000-word writing sample (e.g. an extract from a Masters dissertation or essay) 

to Professor Kirstie Blair via email by 5pm on Thursday 13 May: kirstie.blair@strath.ac.uk

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview in the following week. Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and should be directed to Professor Blair.