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The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester offers a fully funded studentship (including maintenance allowance) for graduate study in the history of the biological sciences or medicine after 1800. The position is supported by the Williamson Fund, which was established to further the study of these subjects at the University.

Candidates may apply for a studentship in either of two schemes:

(a) Master’s plus PhD study. This scheme is open to students with an undergraduate qualification. It covers, initially, full course fees and a living allowance for our one-year taught Master’s (MSc) in History of Science, Technology and Medicine, which will provide training for doctoral research study. If the student shows satisfactory progress on the MSc, it will then be extended to cover three years of full-time PhD study, again including full course fees and a living allowance.

(b) PhD study. This scheme is open to students with a relevant Master’s-level qualification. It covers full course fees and a living allowance for three years of full-time PhD study at CHSTM.

ELIGIBILITY

The studentship is open to all suitably qualified UK and European Union candidates. We regret that we cannot at present extend the scheme to non-UK/EU students who would pay fees at the international rate. The studentship is available for full-time study only, and candidates must be available to begin their studies in September 2016.

The requirements for the two schemes are as follows:

(a) Master’s plus PhD study. The studentships are aimed at highly motivated students with a strong commitment to proceeding through the MSc to PhD research at CHSTM. The requirements for a studentship are higher than those for acceptance on the Master’s programme overall. We will consider all bursary applicants with a First-class undergraduate degree or international equivalent (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/grade-comparison-of-overseas-qualifications) in a relevant subject such as history, science studies/STS, museology or science communication. However, we will also consider other applicants who can demonstrate strong aptitude for historical or related work through their study backgrounds or professional experience.

(b) PhD study. Applicants should have a Master’s-level qualification, at Distinction or Merit level or international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as HSTM, medical humanities, history, science studies/STS, museology or science communication, and should have experience in producing a research dissertation.

Applicants will also need to have thought carefully about a potential PhD research project, and should have discussed this with one or more potential supervisors at CHSTM to ensure its viability.

SUPPORT

The studentships cover all course fees at the UK/EU rate and provide an annual living allowance, which was set at £14 210 for 2015-16 and will rise slightly for 2016-17. Funds have also been committed to ensure that appropriate training and research support is provided.

FURTHER INFORMATION, APPLICATION FORM AND DEADLINE

The deadline for applications is Friday 27 May 2016. Applicants will need to provide full degree transcripts, two academic references and a statement outlining their interest in the field (scheme a) or proposed research topic (scheme b).

For full particulars and an application form, please see our website: http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/funding/williamson-2016.aspx


For further details of our taught Master's programme in history of science, technology and medicine, see http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/

For PhD research at CHSTM, see http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/