On 17th May 2006 the 520 page ‘Hooke folio’ was returned to the Royal Society, after having been missing for almost 300 years. The folio consists of autograph notes by the experimentalist, microscopist, surveyor, engineer, architect and all-round man of science, Robert Hooke (1635-1703), made during the period of his Secretaryship of the Society (1677-1683).

Applications are invited for two fully-funded PhD studentships associated with the Hooke folio. The studentships will be at the same rate, and subject to the same conditions, as those offered by the AHRC. The successful applicants will each undertake a PhD on a topic related to the Hooke folio itself, or to other early archival materials held in the Royal Society archives. The PhDs will be supervised by Professor Lisa Jardine, Director of the AHRC Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, University of London, which is co-ordinating the programme of research work arising out of the recovery of the Hooke folio. The students will be based at the Royal Society and at Queen Mary, where appropriate research facilities will be available to them. Their PhDs will be awarded by Queen Mary.

In addition to their PhD studies, successful applicants will be required to assist in the transcription and annotation of the Hooke folio, in preparation for the manuscript volume going online on the Royal Society’s website towards the end of 2007.

It is anticipated that this work will occupy a significant amount of the students’ time until mid-2007, and a smaller amount of time thereafter.

Applicants should have a first degree in either Humanities or Science, at 2.1 level or above, or equivalent. All inquiries should be directed to Professor Jardine by email ([email protected]), from whom application forms are also available.

Completed applications must be returned by Friday 1st September 2006. It is hoped that interviews will be held in week beginning 25th September 2006.