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Newcastle University AHRC-funded PhD Studentship in Early Modern Studies 2024

Interested in early modern books, print culture and politics? This project investigates how the early modern English state used the book trade guild known as the Stationers’ Company to censor publications. 

You will work with the Stationers’ Company’s extensive archive (in particular its business records) to explore how it recruited spies and censors and how it went about locating and shutting down forbidden printing. You will also consider the extent to which this involved state appropriation of the traditional regulatory function of the Company. 

Relevant training in bibliography, palaeography, and relevant digital techniques will be provided. You will work alongside staff at the Stationers’ Company, but also with members of the Special Collections digital team at Newcastle University to develop relevant skills and expertise. 

About Newcastle University

Newcastle University (Officially, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne) is a public research university located in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North-East of England. The university can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery (later the College of Medicine), established in 1834, and to the College of Physical Science (later renamed Armstrong College), founded in 1871. These two colleges came to form one division of the federal University of Durham, with the Durham Colleges forming the other. The Newcastle colleges merged to form King's College in 1937. In 1963, following an Ac... read more


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Newcastle University PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Newcastle University PhD Scholarship

  • Studentship 100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £17,668.
  • The funding covers a four-year PhD (three years + a year for writing up).

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Requirements for Newcastle University PhD Scholarship Qualification

You must have, or expect to achieve, a 2:1 honours degree and a master’s degree (or international equivalent), in History, English Literature or a related discipline. 

Home and international students are welcome to apply. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). 



Application Deadline

February 28, 2024


How to Apply

To apply for a studentship you must send an Expression of Interest to [email protected] by 5pm on 28 February 2024. You will receive an acknowledgement of your submission (if this doesn’t happen please email the address without the attachment). 

Your Expression of Interest must include: 

  • A 500-word personal statement 
  • A 2-page CV 
  • 2 academic references 

For more details visit: Newcastle University website.

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