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History PhD studentship

This studentship is funded by the Friendly Hand Charitable Foundation, for a new full-time PhD student with the History department.

The scholarship covers tuition fees at Home/EU level and an annual stipend at Research Council UK rates (for 2016/17 the rates were £16,644 for maintenance and £4,195 for academic fees).

Who is eligible

You must be applying for a PhD within the Department of History to start in September 2018 and be planning to conduct research into the histories of humanitarianism, from the 19th Century to the present day.

How to apply

Applications for this studentship have now closed. Please contact for further information.

You need to complete a research proposal of 500 words maximum, with your name clearly indicated. Email this to the History Postgraduate Administrator at

You should also include two academic references.

Your application will be reviewed by academic staff within the Department of History and a representative from the Friendly Hand Foundation.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the end of April 2018.

Terms and conditions

International students may apply for the scholarship but would need to indicate how they intend to cover the difference in academic fees. Students may not apply directly to Friendly Hand or Royal Holloway for help meeting overseas fees.

The successful scholarship recipient may apply directly to Friendly Hand for additional funding to complete field research.

The scholarship does not provide sick pay. A Friendly Hand scholarship holder whose illness extends beyond 13 weeks would be expected to apply to Royal Holloway for a formal interruption of study. There is no provision for paternity/maternity/shared parental leave within the scholarship.

The scholarship holder will be supervised within the Department of History and will be required to provide an annual update of their academic work to the donor. They must also permit their student profile to be used on Royal Holloway's website and other marketing materials.

They may be required to undertake administrative support for humanitarian-related academic events organised by the Department in collaboration with Friendly Hand. There may also be opportunities for undergraduate teaching. The total teaching and administrative support will not exceed six hours per week, or 180 hours per annum.

History staff with relevant research interest/teaching specialism

History department staff with a research interest and/or teaching specialism in the broad area of humanitarian aid/refugees include: Dan Stone, Simone Gigliotti, Becky Jinks, Zoe Laidlaw, Rudolf Muhs, Helen Graham, George Vassiadis, Markus Daechsel and Sarah Ansari.



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