The School of Humanities intends to offer two AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards to suitably qualified candidates in 2012-13 and 2013-14 for its full- or part-time PhD programmes.

One AHRC-funded PhD studentship is available from 1 October 2012 for a collaborative research project between the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds, and the National Institutional for Agricultural Botany (NIAB).

Expressions of interest are also welcomed for a further studentship commencing 2013-14.

Food Security in the Biotech Age: The National Institute of Agricultural Botany from 1970 to the Present

Founded in 1919 and based in Cambridge, NIAB has been at the forefront of seed testing and the development of crop-plant varieties in Britain for nearly a century. This project will draw on a mixture of archival sources held at NIAB and interviews with participants to reconstruct the intellectual and institutional development of NIAB in the biotech age – a crucial period in the Institute’s history as well as in the wider history of the biological sciences. It aims to recover a novel perspective on the rise of biotech and the debate over GM crops in Britain, and more generally on the changing relations between science, commerce, and the British state after 1970.

This is the second collaborative doctoral project between the Leeds HPS Centre and NIAB. The new project’s supervisors will be Gregory Radick (Leeds HPS) and Tina Barsby (NIAB). The student is expected to create a virtual exhibit of project-related materials and also to contribute to local, national and international meetings.

Further details: pdf version / rtf version / print version of application (see below)

Enquiries may be directed to [email protected].

An additional, philosophically focused PhD project funded by this award will be advertised next year.

Scholarship Funding

UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course. Applicants should normally have, or expect soon to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant discipline (history of science, technology and/or medicine; history), though exceptions can be made for applicants with strong undergraduate records and relevant experience. The studentships support three years’ full-time work, but can be taken up on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Standard tuition fees and maintenance grants will be paid by the AHRC to the nominated student. In the 2012/2013 academic year full-time awards will provide a maintenance grant payment of £13,590.00. In addition to these amounts, the AHRC will make an additional, one off maintenance payment of £550 in May to cover the special costs of working at two sites. Students may also be eligible for UK study visits and one overseas study visit as well as one overseas conference for the duration of the award. From the non-academic partner the student will also receive a contribution to maintenance and may also be eligible for travel and related workplace expenses. (Part-time awards provide a maintenance grant up to a maximum of 60% of a full-time award and half the full-time rate of tuition fees.) Renewal of the studentship each year is subject to satisfactory academic progress. Further details concerning eligibility are available via the AHRC website.


Application forms and further details are available from the Postgraduate Administration Office, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, email: [email protected], tel: 0113 343 3644 or 0113 343 3623.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 July.