BAME PhD studentship in history


Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding for: UK/EU and international applicants

Funding amount: The studentship includes a full tuition fee waiver for three years and a bursary at UK Research Council rates which for 2020-2021 will be £15,285.

Duration: Three years

Closing application date: 7 December

Expected start: 1 February 2021

Project outline

The University of Hertfordshire’s School of Humanities is committed to supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. BAME students are underrepresented at postgraduate research level within the School, only making up 8% of PhD students as opposed to 57% of undergraduate and 34% of postgraduate taught students. Across the sector, BAME individuals account for only 4.6% of academics in history.

We want to ensure that we are encouraging BAME students to consider academic research careers in our disciplines. To this end, we are inviting applications from UK-based students who self-identify as BAME for a 3-year, fully funded PhD studentship in history.

We recognise that there are many ways to increase diversity in research careers, and we strongly encourage applications from people who identify with additional protected characteristics; those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education; and people who are the first in their family to study at university.

Successful candidates will be supported by a team of supervisors with experience and expertise on the selected topic of research. There may be opportunities to undertake teaching related activities in a relevant area.

Areas of supervisory expertise

We have diverse supervisory expertise and are in principle open to applications on any topic in history. Potential applicants may nonetheless wish to consider the research interests and expertise of the faculty. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • twentieth-century Irish political history; twentieth-century everyday life; migration history; public history and heritage studies; histories of medicine and health; Australian history; twentieth-century international history; film and history; history of women, gender and the family in the eighteenth century to the present; sexuality and religion in the Atlantic world; medicine and the body in the seventeenth century; history of the supernatural, popular religion, and popular medicine in the early modern and modern periods; democratic and social movements and popular protest from the eighteenth century to the present; landscape and environmental heritage; urban history and town planning; gender, race and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the British Empire; colonial South Asia; law and crime.

Find out more about the history group team and their research.

Essential criteria

To apply for this studentship, you must:

  • be permanently resident in the UK
  • hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master's degree, in a relevant discipline
  • self-identify as a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) student. The following ethnic groups are considered as BAME:
    • Arab
    • Asian - Bangladeshi
    • Asian - Chinese
    • Asian - Indian
    • Asian - Other
    • Asian - Pakistani
    • Black - African
    • Black - Caribbean
    • Black - Other
    • Gypsy or Traveller
    • Mixed - White/Black Caribbean
    • Mixed - White/Black African
    • Mixed - White and Asian
    • Mixed - Other
    • Other - Any other Black or Minority Ethnic Group.

Application process

Applicants must submit:

  • a completed application form, available for download here (PDF - 0.25 Mb)
  • a 2000-word research proposal
  • two academic references
  • copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • a copy of your passport
  • certification of english language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom english is not their first language
  • for enquiries regarding research degrees and the application process, please email Ms Lynette Spelman.

To apply for the studentship please complete the application form (PDF - 0.25 Mb) and email it with supporting evidence and a copy of your CV to: You should provide the title of the PhD project in the subject line of the email and indicate that you wish to be considered for the 3-year studentship.

For enquiries regarding research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire and this application process, please email Ms Lynette Spelman (

For enquiries concerning these studentships please email Dr Rowland Hughes, Associate Dean Research in the School of Humanities (

For history-specific enquiries please contact Professor Tony Shaw (