The Wellcome Trust offers an annual award to support individuals who wish to undertake any humanities or social science Masters course which has a predominant focus on human and/or animal health.
The Department of History Classics and Archaeology invites prospective Masters students working in the appropriate field to apply for this award, which provides a stipend and covers the programme fees. The application to Wellcome will be made by the Department not the individual; institutions may put forward one candidate. Applicants must first be accepted onto a relevant MA programme, ideally the MA History of Science and Medicine or the Masters in Research (with a history of medicine topic)
The deadline for submitting applications to the Department is: Thursday, 21 April 2016.
* a proposal, no more than two sides of A4 in length, outlining your topic of study, its appropriateness for support from the Wellcome Trust, and its potential for development as a future research project
* a one-page CV
The Department panel, comprising Dr Laura Stewart (Acting MA Director) and Prof. Joanna Bourke (Coordinator, MA History of Science and Medicine), will assess applications on the basis of the candidate's potential for academic research as well as the quality and relevance of the topic. Please email your proposal to the MA administrator, Daniel Binney: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be notified of the outcome during the week of 25 April 2016.
Queries and expressions of interest should be directed to Prof. Joanna Bourke: email@example.com
Birkbeck College is pleased to announce the third year of Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships, named in memory of one of the greatest historians of the last century. From 1947 until his death in 2012, Eric Hobsbawm was a loyal member of Birkbeck College.
The Scholarships have been set up to encourage the next generation of talented historians to pursue original, high-quality and exciting research in history by assisting financially with study and research costs.
The fund aims to assist two sets of beneficiaries:
Applicants for the MA fee-waiver scholarships must apply through the usual process for a place on the MA programme (see information elsewhere on this website). In addition, applicants are asked to submit two documents directly to the department:
Applicants to the research expenses fund must either be an existing doctoral student in the department, or to have applied for entry within this academic year. Applicants are asked to submit two documents:
The deadline for 2016 applications has now passed.
The Eric Hobsbawm Scholarships have been made possible thanks to many donations from his friends and former students. Birkbeck College gratefully acknowledges the help and support of the Hobsbawm family.
The Wolf Wayne fund will be dedicated to support MA students' research activities, particularly those involving research for dissertations on non-British history topics which the student would be unable to conduct without financial support. Eligible costs include travel costs to archives and costs for vital research equipment or software.
All applicants are asked to submit:
The selection committee will consist of members of the Department. The deadline for the next round has been extended to the 4th of March 2016. The main criteria for success are the originality and feasibility of the research project, and the importance of financial support to the student.
All successful applicants will be asked to submit a short report on their research and its main findings before they graduate.
‘The fund's grant enabled me to look widely at a range of archives around England and Wales from the outset and then, critically, to re-focus my dissertation when research unearthed new archive material that pointed me in new directions. It enabled me to 'follow' the evidence, as it were, so making the dissertation's contents stronger and more original than would have otherwise been the case.’ -former MA fund recipient
The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, the Department of Cultures and Languages and the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London invite applications for up to three Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies for 2016-17, with the generous support from the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF).
Each studentship consists of £10,000 to be used towards either a Master’s degree or a Doctoral Programme in Japanese Studies at Birkbeck, starting in October 2016. Candidates interested in various aspects of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society, including the political, cultural and social history of modern Japan, as well as historical topics that situate Japan in an East Asian or global context, theatre/performance, gender/sexuality, comparative literature (19th-20th centuries), visual arts and popular culture, are especially encouraged to apply. The studentship is for one year only. However, departments may re-nominate the holder of the studentship for up to two subsequent years, subject to satisfactory progress. In all cases, GBSF makes the final decision. The GBSF cannot make recurrent three-year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.
Please note that candidates need to apply, in the first instance, to either the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, the Department of Cultures and Languages or the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies via the online application system, before they send their application materials to Dr Anan. It is highly advisable that interested candidates make initial enquiries with either Professor Naoko Shimazu (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr Akane Kawakami (email@example.com) or Dr Anan, on the suitability of their application.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anan (firstname.lastname@example.org).