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Care giving in Conflict The Irish Experience - A history and analysis of the contributions made by Irish nurses and care givers to casualty care in 20th century conflicts (Ref No. WD (SERD)_2020_69_WSCH)

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  Prof John Wells, Dr Brian Jackson, Dr Yvonne McEwen  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

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About the Project

Post summary

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates for a PhD scholarship funded by the SERD Scholarship Programme 2021 to study the history of the contributions made by Irish nurses and care givers to casualty care in 20th century conflicts. The project has a significant emphasis on public engagement and the successful applicant will be expected to highlight and promote the contributions and experiences from all sectors of Irish society and individuals who provided care in 20th century conflicts. The aims and objective include curating a series of public exhibitions, public forums and lectures, and assist with the development of an archive of auxiliary resources for academic and public study. The successful applicant will be supported by a supervisory team with significant expertise in the field, supplemented by an advisory committee with expertise in archive development. The successful applicant will also be provided with a range of training opportunities to support their own development as a scholar and expert in this field of study.

Person specification



·        Honours Degree (minimum 2:1) or equivalent in a Humanities/ Arts related discipline (e.g. History, Sociology or Librarianship)


·        Master’s Degree or Level 9 equivalent in the Humanities, Arts or a related discipline

·        Professional qualification/ registration in a health related discipline

Knowledge & Experience


·        A knowledge of military or conflict history


·        Interest in care giving during war time/ conflict

·        An understanding of archival research

·        Experience in public engagement/ curating exhibitions

·        Experience of publication

·        Knowledge/ experience in battlefield casualty care

Skills & Competencies


·        Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details

·        An ability to communicate effectively both in written format and orally


·        An understanding of the historical method

Further information

For any informal queries, please contact Professor John Wells at

For queries relating to the application and admission process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office via email  or telephone +353 (0)51 302883.



Application procedure

To apply please click this link Research Postgraduate Application Form & refer to the paragraph “Funded Research Postgraduate Programmes”.  Download the Research Postgraduate Application Form contained within this paragraph and return completed applications to , quoting WD (SERD)_2020_69_WSCH in the email subject line.  

Please note that paper submissions will not be accepted. 

Funding Notes

Research Group O’Connell Bianconi Centre for the History of Healthcare in Wars and Conflicts at the Luke Wadding Library.
Department / School School of Health Sciences
Duration 48 Months PhD
Status: Full-time / part-time Full Time
Funding information SERD Scholarship 2020/2021 (WSCH)
Value of the scholarship Stipend: €16,000
Fees: €4,500
Research costs: €2,000
Teaching requirement (if any) Two hours of academic development activities per week during the academic year in line with scholarship requirements.
Closing date and time: This Competition will close at 4pm Irish time on the 13th of August 2021.
Interview date: TBC
Commencement date Approx. October 2021
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