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University of Winchester PhD Studentship: The multiple identities of Mary II: queenship, culture and politics in the late 17th century

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About the Programme

The University of Winchester and Historic Royal Palaces are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2020 under the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme (

This project examines the multiple identities of Mary II, tracing the development of her image from being a Stuart princess, to a Dutch consort to a British regnant queen.

This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Elena (Ellie) Woodacre (University of Winchester) and Dr Joanna Marschner (Historic Royal Palaces). The student will also work with REACH partners Royal Museums Greenwich and the National Portrait Gallery and will be part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK.

Project Overview

This project aims to explore Mary II's identity using evidence from her life, and through the study of key heritage sites connected with her. The (re)construction and projection of her identity during her reign will be investigated. By bringing together a widely varied collection of sources, the project will create a clearer picture of Mary's life and reign, and her contribution to the new style monarchy of the late seventeenth century than has hitherto been achieved.

Details of Award

CDP grants fund full-time studentships for 45 months (3.75 years) or part-time equivalent; additional 3 months funding may be available for cpd or costs incurred.

The award pays full maintenance for UK citizens and residents only. Stipend is: £15,285 p/a; tuition fees (2020/21, £4400); CDP maintenance £600/year; allowance of £1000/year.

Further information on this project:

Studentship Information and Entry Requirements

This studentship is open to UK/EU students who meet the residency requirements set out in the UKRI Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

UoW & CDP welcome students from diverse backgrounds, including BAME groups and non-standard pathways.
Applicants will have a relevant a first class or 2.1 undergraduate honours degree and a Masters-level qualification, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting.

Applications require two references (either two academic or one may be work-based if from the Heritage/Museum sector). The ability to work independently, supported by a supervisory team, and to contribute to a vibrant research environment are essential.

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in the museum sector and enthusiasm for developing related skills. The ability to read/speak Dutch or the willingness to learn it would be a useful skill for this project.

As a collaborative award, students will be expected to spend time at both the University and Historic Royal Palaces.

Project details and how to apply

For more information and how to apply see the University of Winchester's website. The successful candidate will be eligible to participate in CDP Cohort Development events.

Students should apply to the University of Winchester using Application Form A which includes a substantial project proposal which they can download here:

Key Dates:

  • Deadline for applications is 29th May 2020
  • References are required by the 5th June 2020
  • Interviews will be carried out between 22nd June and 3rd July 2020
  • Start date is currently 1 October 2020 – Although this may change pending Government advice.

*Applicants need to instruct referees to email r references directly to

Further information about the studentship process, contact: Kay Carter (01962) 826457 or email


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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