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Fully-funded Anniversary PhD scholarships

The Anniversary Scholarship offers an opportunity to undertake PhD research in the history of Liverpool John Moores University as it approaches its Bicentenary in 2023.

Successful applicants will also work with academic staff in a range of activities to support student learning and public engagement for up to 180 hours in each academic year.

Liverpool John Moores University is offering up to three full-time PhD Studentships to start in June 2019 or September 2019.

If you require further information, please email Prof Julie Sheldon with the subject heading Anniversary PhD Scholarship.

Proposed fields of study:

At home in the School of Art and Design: homemaking spatial practices within the Liverpool School of Art from 1825

Liverpool John Moores University has a long and rich history of art education. The university’s School of Art and Design can trace its history back to 1825 when the Mechanics’ School of Art opened, making it the oldest art school in the UK outside London. This PhD strand invites candidates to expand on the vibrant and growing field of home studies in the context of the history of the School of Art and Design by considering the role of institutional domesticity and ‘homemaking’ practices of staff and students in a) its building, b) rooms and c) Liverpool and its adjoining communities.

How to Apply

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 11 January 2019 at 5.00pm:

  1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field.
  2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.

Please clearly state that you are applying for the Anniversary Studentship in the subject heading as well as the text of your email.

Are you eligible?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.

From Home Nurses to Specialist Practitioners: a Social, Educational and Political History of District Nursing in Liverpool

Liverpool has a significant history associated with district nursing. This PhD study will focus on the collection of documented evidence, primary and archival sources of district nursing in Liverpool, including oral histories from district nurses, to construct a comprehensive history of the profession including the impact of social, educational and political milestones in its development across the city. Secondary sources from private collections from district nurses will be collected as part of the study.

How to Apply

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 11 January 2019 at 5.00pm: 

  1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field. 
  2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.

Please clearly state that you are applying for the Anniversary Studentship in the subject heading as well as the text of your email.

Are you eligible?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.

Irene Mabel Marsh: her impact on the development of women’s education through innovations in the teaching of dance and sport at I.M. Marsh College 1900-1992

IM Marsh College was one of seven specialist English women’s physical education colleges in England. Established in 1900, Irene Mabel Marsh was part of a ground-breaking group of women pioneers in physical education, sport, dance and women’s rights. Dance has been a key component in the education of women at the college, as a separate, but important element in physical education. A key part of the PhD will be to work in conjunction with the LJMU archives, to make contact though the Association of Past Students with women who studied at the College and to trace past graduates and lecturers through key networks in order to gather narratives of those who attended or taught.  This PhD will contribute to a wider project on the College’s history.

How to Apply

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 11 January 2019 at 5.00pm:

  1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field.
  2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.

Please clearly state that you are applying for the Anniversary Studentship in the subject heading as well as the text of your email.

Are you eligible?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.

Liverpool Institutions and Slavery

Liverpool’s involvement in the Atlantic slave trade and interest in West Indian slavery transformed the city from a provincial port town to one of the richest cities in Europe. LJMU is keen to confront this difficult part of our institutional and local history and, as part of the Universities Studying Slavery Consortium, we invite proposals for PhD projects that explore the role that money from the slave economy played in the establishment of Liverpool institutions (including universities and their antecedents ), or similar projects that explore the explore wider institutional links to slavery and its legacies.

How to Apply

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 11 January 2019 at 5.00pm:

  1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field.
  2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.

Please clearly state that you are applying for the Anniversary Studentship in the subject heading as well as the text of your email.

Are you eligible?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.

Liverpool and Maritime Training and Education in the UK from the 1960s to the 1990s

This research on maritime career preparation will focus on the training courses provided for deck and engineering officers in Merseyside institutions which eventually joined the University. Liverpool provides an ideal case study: it remained the UK’s second port into the 1970s with a long tradition of maritime education stretching back to the early nineteenth century. The period from the late 1960s, with its complexities of maritime vocational training and education, is under-researched for the UK generally. The interaction between national initiatives and Liverpool providers such as the College of Technology, Riversdale Tech and the Polytechnic will be a principal area of enquiry. 

Liverpool institutions took a dynamic role; for example, through offering nautical degrees from the late 1960s and the introduction of an “A” level entry scheme. Given the near-contemporary period studied, a particular feature of the research methodology will be a structured interview/questionnaire approach to document the educational experiences of former seafarers. As well as an era of organisational change within what became LJMU, the period coincides with far-reaching structural change in British shipping, notably the shift towards containerisation. The project makes a wider contribution therefore to debates about the nature of the British merchant marine in the late 20th century.

How to Apply

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 11 January 2019 at 5.00pm: 

  1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field. 
  2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.

Please clearly state that you are applying for the Anniversary Studentship in the subject heading as well as the text of your email.

Are you eligible?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.

The development of the Liverpool School of Pharmacy: how it influenced and was influenced by regional, national and international developments in medicine

The Liverpool School of Pharmacy was established in 1849, in the heart of the British Empire’s key port city and became one of the world’s premier medical training facilities. The School continued to thrive into the 20th century as a hub of knowledge transfer, serving Britain through the two world wars and into the era of social-medical revolution that came with the National Health Service’s inception in 1948. A place of vibrancy, education and the promotion of progressive sciences, the School soon became a premier medical training facility, drawing chemists and druggists from across the world to Liverpool for much of 1900s. The School joined the Liverpool Polytechnic in 1970, subsequently John Moores University. It is envisaged that the study will research several phases of the School’s development, from the nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. There are good archival resources locally and nationally, and the possibility of oral histories for more recent developments.

How to Apply

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 11 January 2019 at 5.00pm:

  1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field.
  2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.

Please clearly state that you are applying for the Anniversary Studentship in the subject heading as well as the text of your email.

Are you eligible?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.

‘Learning in a Port City: Sailors’ Education and Rational Recreation in Nineteenth-Century Liverpool’

The welfare and education of sailors were of concern in nineteenth-century Liverpool. In 1892 Liverpool’s Nautical College, one of the constituent bodies that led to the development of Liverpool John Moores University today, was opened following public pressure for the better training of Britain’s merchant seamen. The Headmaster was James Gill who had previously overseen the Liverpool Sailors’ Home, an institution based in Canning Place which provided safe accommodation and practical resources for merchant seafarers. Attached to the Home was the Liverpool Sailors’ Home School which offered ‘education beyond the norm’ subsidised by the Marine Department of the Board of Trade. 

This project invites the candidate to consider the social and cultural history of the Liverpool Sailors’ Home and its School, and the Nautical College, in the broader context of nineteenth-century institutions that provided forms of self-enrichment, education and ‘rational recreation’ for seafaring men and working-class labourers. By looking at the history of these establishments in Liverpool – the ‘second city of Empire’– the candidate is invited to explore the distinctive nature of the education of seamen and the multifaceted role of institutions in a global maritime port city.

How to Apply

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 11 January 2019 at 5.00pm:

  1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field.
  2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.

Please clearly state that you are applying for the Anniversary Studentship in the subject heading as well as the text of your email.

Could you apply?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.

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