Museum Offering Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in History

Published on: 17 December 2019

The RAF Museum and the Centre of War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University are currently inviting applications for a fully funded (academic fees and maintenance stipend) AHRC NWCDTP Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship to research, write, and complete a dissertation on the project “The Europeanisation of British Defence Procurement in the Cold War: The RAF and the Panavia Tornado”.

A Panavia Tornado in flight

A joint-project of Lancaster University and the RAF Museum, the student will be supervised by Dr Marco Wyss (first supervisor) and Dr Thomas Mills (second supervisor) (Lancaster University), as well as Dr Harry Raffal (RAF Museum).

In making use of the RAF Museum’s collections, as well as national, specialised, and business archives, the student will have the fascinating and challenging opportunity to explore Britain’s political, economic, and strategic rationale and role in the multinational European co-operation, which produced the Panavia Tornado multirole combat aircraft.

The PhD student will be someone with an excellent background in History (ideally at both undergraduate and postgraduate level), and a good understanding of Military, International, and/or Economic/Business History. The student will be provided with a workplace both within the Department of History and the RAF Museum, and will become a full member of Lancaster University’s Centre for War and Diplomacy.

Two Panavia Tornados over Canada on Exercise Maple Flag

The studentship consists of the payment of academic fees (at the standard RCUK rate) for 3.5 years; a maintenance stipend (£15,009, in 2019/20) for 3.5 years; access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) fund for research related expenses, including conference attendance and fieldwork expenses; access to Overseas Institutional Visits (OIV) and Placements; and access to a Cohort Development Fund (CDF) to support the wider cohort of doctoral students, in organising events such as conferences, workshops, public engagement events, etc. For any informal enquiries about this studentship, please get in touch with Dr Marco Wyss

Formal applications should be emailed to Ms Rebecca Sheppard by 29 February 2020 enclosing a covering letter, curriculum vitae, an academic writing sample (dissertation, essay, or similar of maximum 5,000 words), and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

For further details please visit the website.

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