PhD Studentship: Funded PhD studentship: Legacies of British Slavery

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 May 2021

Location: Bloomsbury 

The Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery in the History Department of University College London is pleased to announce a funded 3-year doctoral studentship beginning in September 2021. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with academics from the Centre and benefit from involvement in our public engagement activities. 

The Studentship 

The awardee will conduct a trans-Atlantic historical investigation of legacies of the history of British slavery and abolition in Britain and/or the Caribbean for a doctoral project.

The studentship will be full-time and run for 3 years from October 2021. The scholarship will cover full-time tuition of Home Fees at the Doctoral Level (£5,365 p.a. currently) plus a Stipend (£20,000 for first year with increases for the other two years) and additional research expenses. We also expect the student to apply for overseas field work expenses.

For further details about postgraduate research in the History Department at UCL see  


Doctoral supervision will be undertaken by Professor Matthew J. Smith at UCL with a secondary supervisor also at UCL. Supervision meetings will take place at least monthly. 

The student will participate in the Research Training programme in the department and will have the opportunity to contribute to the research and public engagement activities which form an important part of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery. 

Qualifications and Eligibility 

We are looking for a Black British student of Caribbean heritage or a Mixed Black British applicant of Caribbean heritage with relevant training in History, particularly of Britain and Empire in the 18th -20th centuries.

The eligibility criteria is in line with positive action under the Equality Act (2010). 

Candidates should have completed a relevant MA and must fulfill the normal academic requirements for acceptance for postgraduate study at UCL. 

Statement on the use of Positive Action

Positive action describes special measures aimed at alleviating disadvantage or under-representation experienced by those with a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 . Section 159 of the act allows the use of positive action in certain circumstances: To lessen disadvantage for those sharing a protected characteristic and reduce under-representation in particular activities. Any such measures are to be a proportionate way of achieving a relevant aim.

Start date: the start date is September 2021. 

Application Procedure 

Applications for the position should be made online at . 

Applications should include, in addition to the standard application form the following three file attachments*: 

  • a curriculum vitae (maximum length 5 pages).
  • a 1-2 page outline of the proposed area of research and a statement of how it fits with the aims of the LBS Centre.
  • Transcripts of study from your first degree and postgraduate qualifications.

*to be consolidated into one or two attachments for upload. 

For enquiries relating to the application process and requirements please contact the LBS Centre Administrator, Rachel Lang ( ). 

Closing date for applications:

Monday 21 May 2021 at 5pm.

Interview date:

Monday 7 June 2021.

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