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The Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Programme Knowledge Orders before Modernity

The Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Programme Knowledge Orders before Modernity

The Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Programme 'Knowledge Orders before Modernity' (KOM) is an innovative collaboration between King’s College London and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at the University of Kent. The programme explores the capacity of the handwritten word comparatively, after as well as before the advent of the printing press, outside as well as within western cultures. It seeks to challenge a conventional periodization which associates complex knowledge, complex archival mechanisms, and mundane recording with the development of western print culture.

For 2024/5 we are offering five doctoral scholarships. Applicants apply via an open call and/or to an advertised project. Applicants applying via the open call must demonstrate how their project aligns with one or more of KOM’s four themes. Deadline noon 8 May 2024.

All details are available on our website.

Scholars will be registered at the University of their first supervisor, either at King’s College London or the University of Kent.

Each scholarship offers up to 3.5 years (42 months) of funding, dependent on satisfactory progress, to cover full tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant at UKRI rates. Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars receive: a personal training fund of £10,000; membership of a group of peers and academics addressing common themes and approaches; participation in a programme of bespoke internal and external training, including with archives and libraries and with King’s Digital Laboratory (KDL); access to training opportunities available within the consortium.

KOM welcomes applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and we undertake to build relevant skills training into the student’s individual work-plan.

For informal enquiries, please contact the programme directors, Professor Julia Crick (King’s College London) kom.ldsp@kcl.ac.uk or Dr David Rundle (University of Kent) komldsp@kent.ac.uk. For information about a specific advertised KOM Project, please contact the named supervisory team.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have at a minimum a good first degree (at least 2.1, or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, and have obtained, or are currently working towards, a Master's degree at Merit level or above, or international equivalent, in a relevant area.

  • If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency.
  • Applicants will be expected to start their studies in September 2024. Scholarships are not open to those who have already started.
  • Recipients are expected to commit to engagement beyond their doctoral studies through contributing to the Knowledge Orders programme.
  • This award is open to applicants whose fee status is classed as Home (UK) and International. See further on What we offer.

For further information see - How to apply - Knowledge Orders before Modernity.