Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, a fully-funded PhD studentship in the history of science has just become available again. The original advert is below, but in the interests of filling the studentship, I would be willing to consider anyone with interests in C19 history of science with an Irish dimension (e.g. could be comparative Ireland and Britain). I will be on holiday from 13th to 20th August, but will be very happy to respond to questions by email before (!) or after that. Anyone who would like to be considered should send me a CV (with details of MSc dissertation and marks) and a couple of paragraphs outlining their potential PhD topic. It can come by email (as below), by August 25th.
The original advert: A three-year PhD studentship is available from September 2003 for a project on the history of science in nineteenth-century Ireland. The studentship is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of a project on Networks of Science and Culture in Ireland at the Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway. The project is organised in collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast, and the student will work with staff from Galway and Belfast. The primary supervision will be in Galway, where the student will be based in the Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change.
The studentship of Euro 15,500 per annum is to cover fees at the home/EU level and maintenance.
The student will work on the impact of the foundation of the Queen’s Colleges (1845) on the role and influence of the sciences in Irish culture. The early science professors are currently known for their research work (if any) in their fields of expertise. This project aims to uncover their role in their local and national cultures. The precise direction taken by the project will depend on the student, but it could involve studying the professors’ involvement in public lecturing or journalism; their engagements with local industries or institutions; the career destinations of their students; or their links with museums, or the instrument trade. The activities of the professors, and their networks of friends, employees and graduates, should provide a focus for a rounded account of the sciences in the new colleges.
Applicants should have a good first degree (upper second or better) and/or an appropriate Masters degree, with training in either the history of science and technology, or Irish history. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a covering letter and the names of two referees to Dr Aileen Fyfe, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway. Informal inquiries can be made to Aileen Fyfe, aileen.fyfe[email protected].
— ************** Dr Aileen Fyfe
Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities