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AHRC CPD PhD: An Oral History of Women’s Golf in Scotland, 1945-1995

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Project Reference Number – GSBS-2019-050

This project will address an acknowledged ‘gap’ in the historiography of golf by exploring the ‘hidden’ history of women’s participation in the game in post-war Scotland. It seeks to understand what motivated women to take up the game, what challenges they faced, what they got from their participation and the potential influence of class, age and stage in lifecycle on their involvement. The collections of The British Golf Museum (BGM) will be used to understand the broader context of the women’s game. the collection of oral histories will ensure that these previously ‘hidden’ narratives are preserved for posterity within the collections of the BGM. This study will help the BGM to create new exhibitions and/or reinterpret existing displays and collections.

This innovative collaborative PhD project pairs the expertise of a leading historian of British women’s sport with the world-class collections of the British Golf Museum.

Applicants should hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree and an excellent masters in a relevant subject (or be on track to obtain one). They should also meet AHRC guidelines for funding. Applicants should have experience in, or an interest in developing, oral history methodology. S/he will possess excellent oral and written communication skills to be able to work with the British Golf Museum, Sporting Heritage and other organisations and to disseminate findings to diverse audiences.

The collaborative partnership between GCU and BGM will provide a valuable network of research contacts, opportunities for public engagement, and scope to generate pathways to research impact. This PhD is ideally suited to a candidate eager to combine archival research with oral history collection in a major National Museum.
Based at the BGM in St Andrews you will benefit from the close connections to golf’s governing body, The R&A, whilst also being part of the vibrant, interdisciplinary, research environment of the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University (

Subject to standard AHRC eligibility criteria, the studentship will cover tuition fees at home/EU rate and provide a maintenance award at RCUK rates for a maximum of 3 years of full-time doctoral study from 1st October 2019 with the option of up to 6 months additional funding for related professional development. Further information.
Closing Date 27th August 2019. The interviews for this studentship are provisionally scheduled to take place in St Andrews on the 6th September 2019.

Research Supervisors

Director of Studies
Name: Dr Fiona Skillen
GCU Research Online URL:

2nd Supervisor
Name: Hannah Fleming, British Golf Museum, St Andrews.

3rd Supervisor

Name: Dr Fiona Reid
GCU Research Online URL:

How to apply

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying.

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply:

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.

Please send any other enquiries regarding your application to:

Oral history

Funding Notes

The studentship of £19,509 per year is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees £4,500 for UK/EU students plus an annual stipend of £15,009 for UK/EU students

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