History: Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarships: The Idealised Medieval City: Salisbury 1100-1450

Closing date: 22 January 2018

Key Information

Start date: 1 October 2018

Swansea University is proud to offer 15 fully-funded PhD scholarships for students commencing study in October 2018 or January 2019.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of student excellence across a portfolio of 34 potential projects.

Project details:

The proposed PhD scholarship will provide a detailed analysis of the evolution of the city of Salisbury in the later Middle Ages.  It is intended to form part of a much larger interdisciplinary research project concerning the transformation of medieval urban and rural landscapes from the early Middle Ages to modern times, headed by Dr Alex Langlands.  This broader project, Old Sarum and its Landscapes, uses the present-day city of Salisbury, the neighbouring town of Old Sarum (now deserted), and the surrounding countryside as a case-study, making use of both the opportunity of excavating an abandoned medieval city site – unique to the British Isles – at Old Sarum, and the related documentation provided by Salisbury Cathedral’s rich archive of unpublished and largely unknown title deeds and cartularies (registers of charters).  The PhD candidate will draw upon these records in order to recreate the urban history of Salisbury after its foundation in the 1220s, when the city and cathedral were relocated from the ancient fortified hill-town of Old Sarum to the riverside planned site of (New) Salisbury, the modern location of the city.

The PhD candidate will benefit from the expertise of three members of staff in the Department of History, within the framework of the COAH research group MEMO (Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research).  Although based in a single department, the PhD is avowedly interdisciplinary, since it requires the use of methodologies derived from history, archaeology, and ICT; the candidate will also be able to draw upon the expertise in medieval languages of other members of MEMO in the Departments of English, French, and Classics.  The PhD student’s research and outputs will make a large and very important contribution to the public engagement and heritage that form an integral part of the Old Sarum project.  This will involve collaboration with, and bring benefits to the leading stakeholders in the history of the region in question, namely Salisbury Cathedral’s Dean and Chapter, English Heritage, and Salisbury Museum.

Find out more about The Idealised Medieval City: Salisbury 1100-1450  project.

The successful applicant will have access to our Postgraduate Research Student Training programmes.

Eligibility

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first class honours degree (or equivalent) in history or related disciplines, and/or a relevant master’s degree with distinction. 

Candidates should have a reading knowledge of Latin, basic skills in medieval palaeography and ICT skills in digital humanities.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is available to UK/EU students only.

Funding

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus an annual stipend of £14,553 (in line with the RCUK stipend amount) for 3 years. 

There will also be £1,000 per annum available for research expenses such as travel, accommodation, field trips and conference attendance.

How to Apply

To apply please complete and return the following documents to Dr Vivienne Jenkins (pgrsures@swansea.ac.uk) using the quoted reference COAH4:

Student applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Literary and Academic attainments (60%)
  • Demonstrable esteem indicators i.e. ambassadorial skills, instincts and opportunities to demonstrate leadership, experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities (40%)

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 January 2018.

Informal enquiries before the deadline are welcome and should be directed to Professor Daniel Power by email: d.j.power@swansea.ac.uk