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ESRC PhD Studentship 'Commonwealth Students, UK Higher Education and the Making of Global Knowledge Networks, 1950–2000'

We are recruiting to an ESRC-funded PhD studentship based at the University of Leicester (Dr Sally Horrocks) with joint supervision at the University of Warwick (Dr James Poskett).

The project title is Commonwealth Students, UK Higher Education and the Making of Global Knowledge Networks, 1950–2000.

ESRC studentships are open to applications from current undergraduate students through a 1+3 route (which includes a Masters) as well as those with a Masters already (if it meets the core ESRC training requirements). Studentships are also open to international applicants.

This project aims to assess the experiences of Commonwealth students who studied science in UK higher education from the 1950s to the 1990s. The project will identify the factors that shaped later career choices and uncover how their status as transnational actors affected their research and the networks they participated in. It will use a global and postcolonial history lens to examine the implications of studying in the UK for individuals and their families, the choices they made about where to focus their research and their ongoing connections to their home nation. The project will also establish how the changing landscape of UK higher education impacted upon the experiences of Commonwealth students and their subsequent careers.

Applications are encouraged from candidates with a background in History, Human Geography, Science and Technology Studies, or a cognate discipline. Knowledge of oral history or qualitative interview research methods would be an advantage but is not a prerequisite.

The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Monday 1st March 2021.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9th March 2021.

Further details including the application process are available here: