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Full-time 3-year PhD Studentship (Overseas Fees only, maintenance not included)

Jointly offered by the History Department, the Global History and Culture Centre, and the ERC Project ‘Europe’s Asian Centuries, Trading Eurasia 1600-1830’


The deadline for applications is 25 February 2011.

Applications from students are invited for a 3-year full-time overseas fees only PhD studentship commencing in Autumn 2011. The successful candidate will work with Dr Anne Gerritsen to explore a topic related to the work of the Project. He or she will register for a PhD research degree in Global History. This studentship offers its holder a unique opportunity to work with experts in global history and culture, and to develop expertise and a professional profile.

The successful candidate should

  • have a good undergraduate degree and be in possession of a Masters degree in History or related field;
  • be admitted for the PhD in the Graduate School of the University of Warwick;
  • be interested in developing a research project in one of the following areas: the material culture of global connections; the visual and material culture of late imperial China; the trade and consumption of Asian commodities; the production and/or consumption of porcelain in the early modern world; the history of late imperial China in global perspective;
  • be able to conduct research and writing in English.


Global History and Culture Centre (

The GHCC is an interdisciplinary research centre set within the History Department. It has an active membership from History, English, Art History, Sociology, Economics and Politics. The GHCC provides a focus for the interdisciplinary study of global history and culture at an international level. It encourages the development of research projects in the field of Global History and Culture that will benefit both the University and the wider academic community. Its activities include symposia, conferences, day schools and seminar series; honorary visiting fellowships, postgraduate exchanges and postdoctoral fellowships. It runs a regular seminar series and hosts a number of externally-funded research projects including ‘Global Jingdezhen: Local Manufactures and Early Modern Global Connections’ (AHRC) ‘Everyday Technology in Monsoon Asia, 1880-1960’ (ESRC), ‘Chinese Cities: a Comparative View’ (ESRC), ‘Connected Histories / Connected Sociologies: Rethinking the Global’ (ESRC), ‘Kenya: Between Democracy and Authoritarianism’ (British Academy)’, ‘Global Textiles’ (Leverhulme Trust), and ‘Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century’ (British Academy).

The Project:

This is a major European Research Council Fellowship project whose goal is to bring to bear global perspectives and interdisciplinary method on histories of industrialisation, consumer society and material culture. It investigates the key connector that transformed the early modern world: the long-distance trade between Asia and Europe in material goods and culture. That trade stimulated Europe’s consumer and industrial revolutions, re-orientating the Asian trading world to European priorities. With a team consisting of the project leader, 3 postdoctoral fellows, a museums advisor, a PhD student, and a project administrator, it investigates the long-distance trade between Asia and Europe (seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries) in material goods and culture. This project addresses the part played by mercantile with Asia in the early modern period as a fundamental origin of the Industrial Revolution.

The Award:

The studentship is funded full-time for 3 years, although the award does not include a maintenance award. The award covers the postgraduate fees only for an overseas (Non-EU) student. For 2011/12, the fees have been set at £12,325.


Please send the following documentation by the deadline below by email to Mrs Amy Evans , or by post to Mrs Amy Evans, Global History and Culture Centre, Department of History, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL.

1. letter of application

2. research proposal

3. CV

4. Writing sample

Informal inquiries about the studentship may be directed to Dr Anne Gerritsen (

The deadline for applications is 25 February 2011.