As part of an AHRC-funded project, 'Empire Loyalists', there is one full-time three-year long PhD studentship available from 1 January 2011 in the History Department at the University of Warwick. The studentship will cover university fees and maintenance at the current rates set by the AHRC for applicants eligible Home or EU students. Full terms and conditions of the studentship can be found in the AHRC's current studentship guide.
Supervised by Dr Daniel Branch, the student will complete a thesis examining loyalism in South Africa during and after the South African War of 1899-1902. Funding is available for an extended period of research in South Africa during the studentship. The student will also participate in other activities attached to the research project, including two workshops, and work alongside a team of researchers including Professor David Anderson from the University of Oxford.
Ideally, applicants will have either a prior knowledge of or ability to learn Afrikaans or another relevant South African language. Moreover, a prior demonstrable interest in imperial or African history will be an advantage. A good first degree and a masters degree in history or a relevant related discipline are required.
The student will find Warwick's History Department a particularly conducive environment in which to carry out doctoral research. Besides the Africanist expertise provided by Dr Branch, the Department has a strong reputation for extra-European and global history. It is home to the Global History and Culture Centre. The Department's considerable expertise in South Asian and Colonial American history will enable the student to fully explore the comparative aspects of their research. Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study is home to the Sub-Saharan African Research Network and the student will be encouraged to participate in its activities.
Any enquiries should be directed through email to Dr Daniel Branch (D.P.Branch@warwick.ac.uk). Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their suitability for the studentship, a CV and a writing sample via email to Dr Daniel Branch. Applicants should furthermore arrange for two academic references to be sent by email to Dr Daniel Branch at the same email address. The deadline for all application materials is 22 November 2010. Short-listed applicants will be notified immediately and interviews will be held on the afternoon of the 26 November 2010. It may be possible to conduct some interviews through Skype and webcams for those interviewees that are unable to attend in person.