The Wheeler History of Travel Writing PhD Scholarship

The Wheeler History of Travel Writing PhD Scholarship

As part of the newly established Wheeler History of Travel Writing Programme, the Department of History is inviting applications for up to two PhD studentships, starting in October 2024, in the History of Travel and Travel Writing. A further two PhD studentships will be available from 2025 onwards.

The programme seeks to attract talented researchers whose projects may focus on any period or region of the world. Candidates who adopt a global historical perspective and have the ability to work with sources in more than one language are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will benefit from the wide-ranging expertise represented by Warwick’s Department of History and its Global History and Culture Centre as well as the range of training and development opportunities offered by the Department and Doctoral College. Candidates are encouraged to explain how their proposal fits within the department’s existing research profile.

We welcome projects that engage with the history of travel and travel writing from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary approaches, including global history, the history of science and technology, environmental history, histories of race and empire, gender history, the history of material culture, and postcolonial studies. Candidates interested in co-supervision across departments are invited to indicate their preference on their application. Potential areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel advice literature, from merchant manuals to commercial guidebooks
  • Travel, gender, and intersectionality
  • Travel and travel writing from the Global South
  • Difficult destinations and dark tourism
  • Vicarious travel, from armchair geography to VR
  • Under-represented histories of travel and global inequalities
  • Travel, sustainability, and the environment
The Wheeler History of Travel Writing PhD Scholarship - Tony at Yungang Caves

Candidates will be expected to engage in the intellectual life of the department through participation in the activities of its research centres and to actively communicate the results of their research through conference presentations, publications, and public engagement.

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Award Details

Awards made for entry in Autumn 2024 will include the following:

  • Full payment of tuition fees at the UK or Overseas rate
  • A maintenance stipend paid at the prevailing UKRI rate for 3.5 years
  • A Research, Training and Supporting Grant (RTSG) of up to £3000 per annum for 3.5 years
  • A one off £1500 conference and public engagement fund

How to apply

Candidates should apply to Warwick for a History MPhil/PhD for Autumn 2024 entry. There is no separate application process for the Wheeler studentships but candidates should indicate on their PhD application that they wish to be considered for it.

We strongly advise contacting your potential supervisor ahead of making an application as they may be able to provide comments and suggestions on draft research proposals. All applicants should meet entry requirements for the Warwick History MPhil/PhD.

The application deadline for 24/25 entry is 23rd January 2024 at 23:59 (GMT).

For full eligibility and application details, please visit here.