The Faculty of History, University of Oxford, in partnership with The National Archives is pleased to offer an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award, starting in October 2017. The successful candidate will be enrolled at and receive their degree from the University of Oxford. They will be supervised by Dr Nicholas Cole and Dr Rob Johnson (Oxford) and supported by colleagues at the National Archives.
Project Outline: Peace Negotiations 1919-20
This studentship would look at an aspect of the peace negotiations that took place in Paris in 1919, and which created the League of Nations, the Treaty of Versailles together with four other major peace treaties, and the Paris Convention which regulated international aviation. These complicated negotiations have been the subject of works such as Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War, by Prof. Margaret MacMillan, but the records of the negotiations themselves remain difficult to use for research and unintelligible to the public. The student will be encouraged to develop their own interests provided it falls within the remit of looking at the records of the Paris Conference.
This studentship would allow a student to work on an aspect of these negotiations in conjunction with colleagues at The National Archive and with the Quill Project on Negotiated Texts based at Pembroke College, Oxford (www.quillproject.net). The Quill Project provides a platform for the study of negotiated texts. It focuses especially on the creation of constitutions, treaties, and legislation, developing software that allows researchers to recreate the contexts within which decisions were made and providing a series of tools aimed at researchers for the presentation of this material to a wider public.
As well as the core historical research, this studentship would provide the opportunity to assist with the development of a digital platform aimed at both humanities researchers and a wider audience. As a whole this studentship would provide training in the use of archival material and digital editing methodologies.
Applications are invited from candidates with a strong academic background in a relevant subject. Applicants should hold (or expect to achieve) a Master’s degree with merit or distinction and either a 1st Class or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree.
The award is funded through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme and is subject to the AHRC’s terms and conditions. The studentship includes tuition fees up to the standard Home/EU amount and an annual maintenance grant. Note that overseas students are not eligible for AHRC awards (except under specific circumstances) and EU students need to assess whether they are eligible for fees and maintenance or fees only. The AHRC doctoral award provides some funding for travel and the student will be able to apply to a limited travel fund and external grant funds that would provide additional help.
Applications should be made through the Faculty of History by inserting the reference code 17AHRC-NT in the Departmental Studentship Applications section of the standard University graduate application. You will need to apply for both the programme and this studentship via the main university online graduate application form, and pay the application fee. To access the application form and application guide please visit our online prospectus at www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/apply.
Candidates who have already been offered a place on the DPhil in History and wish to be considered for this studentship are invited to submit an expression of interest to the History Graduate Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline.
Application deadline: 28 July 2017. Interview will take place in early August.
Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Nicholas Cole (email@example.com).