Are you interested in undertaking PhD research in the field of modern British history and, particularly, in the modern history of philanthropy in Britain? If so you may be interested in a studentship at the University of Bristol to write a modern history of the Society of Merchant Venturers, a Bristol institution dating back to 1552 that is akin to a City of London livery company. The SMV is an important charitable presence in the city of Bristol and the proposed project will research its development as an institution since the mid-1970s, in the process intersecting with a period during which there was a national shift from provision of key services by government to charitable provision.
This doctoral scholarship is for £14,075 p.a. (rising in years two and three in line with AHRC rates, subject to satisfactory academic progression and the building of a productive working relationship with the funder), full tuition fee support (£4,052 for 15/16) plus up to £500 p.a. for research expenses commencing in January 2016 (though the start date can be subject to negotiation). The deadline for applications is 9 a.m. on 19 Oct.