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  AHRC-funded PhD studentship in early modern history - apprenticeships and their networks in the print trade in London and Newcastle, 1500-1800

   School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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About the Project

Award Summary

100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £15,609. Research training support grant to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork; Financial support for placements (of up to 6 months’ duration) and skills acquisition.


Apprenticeships were the primary means by which young people of the ‘midding’ and ‘lower’ sort found employment in the early modern period. But how were they recruited? What happened to those who finished apprenticeships and those who did not? This PhD will give the successful candidate the opportunity to map out who stayed to finish their apprenticeships with the Stationers’ Company in London between 1500 and 1800 and who did not, and to examine what happened to each cohort. The research asks of these young people both men and in small numbers women: did their apprenticeship –whether completed or not - have a significant impact on their economic and labouring lives? How did apprenticeship function as a socialising as well as an economic process? How did it change how they thought of themselves?

The project will also conduct a six-month research project into the Stationers' current apprenticeship programme assessing the outcomes for recent apprentices and co-developing a new network intended to provide support and mentoring for apprentices and to bring a new and more diverse cohort into the Company. Read more

Number Of Awards


Start Date

September 2022

Award Duration

42 months

Application Closing Date

February 18th 2022 (extended date)


Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Partnership


Professor Jeremy Boulton (History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University)

Dr Barbara Crosbie (History, Durham University)

Eligibility Criteria

You must have a 2:1 honours degree in history or a cognate discipline. You must have a postgraduate qualification in history or a cognate discipline in hand or pending, or equivalent professional experience.

This award is available to home and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.5 in the written component. 

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8210F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD School of History, Classic and Archaeology (full time) – History’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code H0000005 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code H0000005 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

*You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.

You should also send your covering letter and CV to (contact name) by email to [Email Address Removed] and [Email Address Removed]

Contact Details

Professor Jeremy Boulton

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

E-mail: [Email Address Removed]

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