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REA Scholarship History : Health, Medicine and the First World War : New Perspectives

The School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde is seeking to invest in ground-breaking research into the impacts of the First World War on health and medicine.  The field has been dominated by major debates about the impact of conflict on the mental health of combatants, the condition of populations in nations engaged in the war, and about the extent to which the medical challenges posed by industrial warfare stimulated innovation in surgery and medicine.

This studentship is designed to encourage imaginative and highly original projects that get beyond these debates to offer fresh perspectives on the period, particularly the ways in which people experienced and responded to conflict. Applications that include combatants and/or non-combatants, men and/or women, medical, cultural, social and/or political contexts, national case studies or transnational histories, and primary sources as diverse as pension records, works of art or medical journals would all be considered.

The project will be supervised by Dr. Emma Newlands and Professor Jim Mills and will be supported by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow and the School of Humanities Peace, Conflict & Identity research group.  The successful candidate will join the thriving postgraduate community at the CSHHH Glasgow and will be a full member of the Graduate School in Humanities and Social Sciences.  History at Strathclyde was ranked second in Scotland, and ninth in the UK, by the Times Higher Education Supplement for research intensity after REF2014.

  • Number of scholarships 1
  • Opens 1 February 2017
  • Deadline 20 March 2017
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs
  • Duration 3 years


To apply for the scholarship, you must:

  • Hold (or expect to achieve in 2017) a Masters Degree in a relevant field or subject with Merit or Distinction.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree with First-Class or Upper Second-Class Honours in relevant field or subject
  • Be available to commence your academic studies in the UK at the beginning of October 2017

Project Details

The studentship will be supervised within the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow. A collaboration between the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, it has grown since 2005 to become Scotland’s leading centre for the history of health and medicine.  

The CSHHH Glasgow has an outstanding track-record in postgraduate progression. PhD students meet on a weekly basis with their supervisors, are required to attend six-monthly progress panels, and are encouraged to plan publications while completing their doctorate. 

Students have opportunities to build a wider set of skills through teaching on undergraduate history of medicine courses, organising seminar series and workshops, through internships with organisations such as the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and NHS Scotland, and participating in the full range of activities of a thriving research centre. 

The Centre’s collaboration with Shanghai University means that s/he will be able to spend a fourth year on a fully-funded fellowship in China to complete writing-up if necessary.

How to apply

All candidates must first make an application for study via the online Pegasus system.

Apply via “PhD History” and include the phrase “'Health, Medicine and the First World War: New Perspectives” in funding section.

Candidate must upload the following documentation to their application :

  • CV
  • Research proposal of no more than 1000 words, which includes a clear research question, and explanation of why it is highly original, and an outline of a timetable for tackling the project.
  • Covering letter describing in detail your interest in and suitability for undertaking this project
  • Degree transcripts (this may be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
  • Two academic references**
**Alternatively these may be provided directly from your referees if they would prefer and should be sent to no later than the deadline of 31 March 2017. Email subject should contain: applicant name + phrases “Reference” and “REA Application – 'Health, Medicine and the First World War’.