History of Science Fully-funded PhD Studentship: Science and Universities: Swansea, 1920-2020

Type: Scholarship

Name: History of Science Fully-funded PhD Studentship

Location: Swansea University

Application Deadline: June 30, 2015


  • Key Information
    • With the university’s centenary in 2020 approaching, the Department of History and Classics, Swansea University, invites applications from suitably-qualified UK/EU candidates for a doctoral studentship, funded by the College of Arts and Humanities, to conduct research on the history of the STEM disciplines at Swansea University.
    • Science has always been at the heart of higher education: it has built the reputation of universities; it has been a matter of conflict in policy decisions; and it has raised fundamental ethical concerns. Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has boasted a rich tradition in science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) research. This ranges from pioneering work on radar during the Second World War, and contributions to the work of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) by the physics department, to world-leading research currently undertaken in engineering. The recipient of the studentship will contribute to our understanding of the evolution and significance of work in the sciences at Swansea within their wider national and international contexts. There will be scope to shape the precise direction of the research according to his/her interests and expertise.
    • The studentship, which is full-time and will run for three years, will begin in October 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter, and will be supervised by Dr Christoph Laucht and Dr Adam Mosley. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake up to six hours per week of tutorial teaching for the Department of History and Classics during the second and third years of the studentship.
  • Eligibility
    • Applicants should have a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and have completed or be working towards a master’s degree in history, history of science, technology and/or medicine, modern or contemporary history, or another appropriate historical subject.
    • Experience of conducting independent archival research is highly desirable, as the successful applicant will be expected to carry out research in Swansea University’s Richard Burton Archives, the National Archives at Kew, and other repositories. The ability to work to deadlines is also required.
    • To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), you must have:
    • Settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.
    • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
    • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.
    • To be eligible for a fees only award, you must be ordinarily resident in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.
  • Funding
    • UK students qualify for a full award, covering all tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,057 for up to three years.
    • Non-UK students from the EU qualify for a fees-only award, and will need to find supplementary funding to cover living expenses.
    • An additional £600 will be available for research expenses.
  • How to Apply:
  • Informal enquiries are welcome and may be directed to Dr Christoph Laucht (c.laucht@swansea.ac.uk) or by telephoning +44 (0)1792 606290.

Contact Information:
Gabriella Wasiniak

Posted: June 22, 2015