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Asa Briggs PhD Studentship in History

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

About the Programme

Asa Briggs PhD Studentship in History

Unit : Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)

Salary : Stipend £17,000 per annum

Location :  Milton Keynes

Please quote reference : Asa_Briggs_PhD

Closing Date :  30 April, 2021 - 12:00

The History Department at The Open University (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) is pleased to offer the inaugural Asa Briggs Studentship in History to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) postgraduate research degree students. Made possible by the generosity of one of the University’s alumni, this PhD studentship benefits from a stipend and annual research funding. Applications are welcome in any aspect of British history from 1750. The successful applicant will be supervised by the current Asa Briggs Professor of History, Paul Lawrence, in conjunction with a second supervisor with expertise relevant to the project.

While applications are welcome in any aspect of British history from 1750, the Department would be particularly keen to receive applications which pertain to the areas below:

• Social and urban history, broadly defined

• Criminal justice history

• Broadcasting history, particularly the relationship between history and television

While the PhD project does not need to be focused on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic aspects of the above topics, such proposals would of course be welcomed.

Doctoral Study in History at The Open University

The Open University is internationally recognized for innovative research across the Arts and Social Sciences. History is a particularly strong subject area with over 75% of its research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The Department hosts a number of AHRC-funded research projects. It has a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary work, to national and international public engagement, and to creative partnerships with a range of cultural organisations.

In the most recent UK-wide Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey (PRES), the OU ranked in the top 5 universities for PhD student satisfaction, and ranked first in overall satisfaction among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic PhD students. The History Department wishes to encourage greater diversity among its doctoral cohort and the history profession more broadly, and hence this studentship encourages Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students to consider funded academic research in History.

Further Information

Please see on how to apply for a PhD in History at The Open University and for more information about staff research interests.

Applications are through the standard Open University form in the first instance and emailed to .

For further particulars, please see the attached document below.

For general advice on applying contact the Postgraduate Convenor in History, Dr Luc-André Brunet (). For advice concerning topics/proposals, please contact Professor Lawrence () using the subject line ‘Asa Briggs Studentship Enquiry’.

Closing Date: 12:00pm (Noon), 30th April 2021


Applicants must qualify for home fees. This studentship is open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants only.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. Some projects, which are funded by charities or by the universities themselves may have more stringent restrictions.

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