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PhD scholarship with 1-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Black histories of South Wales

   School of History, Archaeology and Religion

About the Project

PhD scholarship with 1-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Black histories of South Wales

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion invites applications for a funded 3-year PhD scholarship focused on Black histories of Cardiff and south Wales. Following the successful completion of the PhD, follow-on funding is available for a 1-year postdoctoral research fellowship.

Research proposals are invited based on candidates’ own research interests. In partnership with the Heritage and Cultural Exchange, we particularly invite applications that would draw on the newly-available resources of the Heritage and Cultural Exchange Archives (, focused on topics within:

●      Maritime Black histories, exploring Cardiff’s Black maritime political and economic connections via original research and the ‘seafarers group’ oral history interviews and archival collections at TCHE, contributing to a vibrant new field of global maritime research on transnational spaces;

●      Histories of gendered and racialised everyday life, especially histories focusing on women’s voices under-represented in both public history and academic scholarship, and building a new field of research away from accounts focusing on the 1919 race riots and sex work, for example;

●      Diaspora transnational histories, potentially of Somali and Yemeni transnational communities’ diasporic political and social organisation, drawing on the Somali elder interviews held at TCHE, as part of a wave of new research into Black diasporic political organisation;

●      Histories of the anti-Apartheid movement in south Wales, so far understudied from the perspective of Black Welsh organisers, and a missing part of new work on histories of protest and anti-racist organising.

We are seeking creative and enthusiastic applicants who hold a strong 1st or upper 2nd class undergraduate degree, and either a Masters degree or significant relevant work experience, including a grounding in research methods, in a relevant discipline.

The School wishes to actively address under-representation of BAME students at the highest levels of research and strongly encourages applications from Black and minority ethnic candidates.

Successful applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. The studentship commences in January 2023. The studentship will cover Cardiff tuition fees at the UK rate and a maintenance grant for 3 years full-time to current Research Council rates (£16,234 stipend for academic year 2022/23), and support for travel, conference and limited research expenses. The studentship also includes funds for community engagement or public history outreach. Unfortunately, due to funding constraints, international fees cannot be covered in this instance.

The 1-year postdoctoral fellowship aims to provide a platform for publishing and public engagement, and to mitigate precarious conditions that particularly affect researchers from underrepresented backgrounds in academia. The fellowship is subject to successful completion of the PhD.

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion is a dynamic and friendly department with an international reputation in research and teaching. Our community boasts over 70 academic staff and 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We are committed to providing an excellent education at all levels, from those seeking to re-enter education through our Pathways, to our diverse and multi-national undergraduate and postgraduate student body. We are proudly rooted within our local community in Wales, with particularly strong links in the heritage sector.

How to apply

Please apply via the following link:

When submitting your application, you should highlight in the main PhD proposal how you project addresses the studentship and in the personal statement explain how the studentship will benefit you.


For more information or to discuss the post informally please contact:

Dr Nicki Kindersley -

Dr Stephanie Ward -

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