History of Medicine Doctoral Studentship, University of Exeter

This sounds like a really fantastic opportunity for those thinking of studying for a PhD in the exciting, rapidly growing field of medical humanities. I can’t recommend the University of Exeter highly enough and the chance to spend some time at Hong Kong University sounds fantastic. Good luck to everyone with their applications!

About the award

The College of Humanities is delighted to be offering an excellent funding opportunity for exceptional researchers within the area of the History of Medicine, in collaboration with Hong Kong University:

  • One Doctoral Studentship (open to UK/EU and International students): all tuition fees paid an an annual maintenance grant for three years. The maintenance grant will be £13,863 per year.

This College of Humanities-funded 3-year PhD studentship is for research within the broad area of empire, disease crises and humanitarianism. This is a collaborative studentship working with Professor Mark Jackson (Exeter, History of Medicine), Professor Andrew Thompson (Exeter, British, Imperial and global history) and Dr Robert Peckham (Hong Kong University, history of medicine and Empire), and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to study for part of the period at Hong Kong University.


Application deadline: 10th August 2014
Number of awards: 1
Value: £13,863 plus full payment of tuition fees
Duration of award: per year
Contact: Humanities Graduate School humanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

How to apply

Entry criteria

Applications are invited for a PhD position with a focus on empire, epidemic crises, and humanitarianism in Asia (including Greater China) from 1870 to the decades after World War II. Possible research topics include: the role of empire in producing crises; imperial/colonial responses to epidemics; empire, disease surveillance and humanitarian diplomacy; humanitarian operations and subaltern histories; migration, disease and humanitarianism; imperial expansion and humanitarian interventions; war, disease and humanitarianism; the development of humanitarian agencies from missionary movements to the Red Cross and twentieth-century humanitarian organisations.

Successful applicants normally have a good first degree (at least 2.1, or international equivalent) in a relevant field of humanities, and have obtained, or are currently working towards, a Masters degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, with appropriate research and knowledge in one of the following areas: history of medicine; history of Empire; history of humanitarianism. If English is not your native language then you will also need to satisfy our English language entry requirements.

To apply

To be considered for this doctoral award, you must complete an online web form where you must submit some personal details and upload a full CV, a brief outline of your research proposal (250-500 words maximum), transcripts, details of two referees and if, relevant, proof of your English language proficiency, by 10 August 2014.

Please note that you should include a covering letter making clear that you possess the appropriate research and language skills and how they might draw on those skills to develop a doctoral project.

In addition you must also ensure that your referees email their references to the Postgraduate Administrator athumanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk by 10 August 2014. Please note that the Humanities Graduate School will not contact referees to request references, it is the responsibility of the applicant to request references and to ensure that they are sent to us by the deadline.

Guidelines on submitting references to us can be found on our dedicated page, where you can also download a copy of our institutional reference form for your referees to complete and return to us, or for them to use as a guide.

More information

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Mark Jackson, m.a.jackson@exeter.ac.uk.

For application information please contact:

Morwenna Hussey, Senior Administrator

Email: humanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk.

College of Humanities Graduate School, University of Exeter

Queen’s Building, The Queen’s Drive

Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QH


Visit http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/research/centres/medicalhistory/ for more information.


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