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Work, poverty and coercion: pauper apprenticeship in England 1563-1700, History – PhD (ERC-Funded)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

A fully funded PhD studentship is available to research the topic of ‘Work, poverty and coercion: pauper apprenticeship in England 1563-1700’, as part of a European Research Council (ERC) funded project on ‘Forms of Labour: Gender, Freedom and Experience of Work in the Preindustrial Economy’ led by Professor Jane Whittle at the University of Exeter. There is flexibility to develop a project of your own, that considers the relationship between work and poverty in early modern England, and contain some analysis of pauper apprenticeships in the seventeenth-century.

The candidate should be a highly motivated individual with knowledge of the social and/or economic history of early modern England. Experience working with early modern archival sources is an advantage, but training will be available.
The studentship is open to all well qualified applicants and will cover UK/EU/International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3 years full-time. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 years of full-time study starting in September 2020.

Project Description:

This studentship is offered as part of Jane Whittle’s ERC Advanced Grant ‘FORMSofLABOUR’, which focuses on the nature of work in England in the period 1300-1700 viewed in a comparative Western European perspective. More information on the project is available here:

The student will join a project research team consisting of Professor Whittle and three postdoctoral research fellows. You will benefit from Exeter’s strong expertise in early modern social and economic history (part of Exeter’s Centre for Early Modern Studies) and a lively community of PhD students.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 834385)

Funding Notes

UK/EU/International full tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3 years full-time.

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