AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship Astronomy in the 18th- and 19th- Century India School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and the Science Museum, London

SOAS and the Science Museum are pleased to announce the award of an AHRC-funded PhD studentship, to commence from 1 October 2006, in the field of ASTRONOMY IN 18th- AND 19th-CENTURY INDIA.

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised for a PhD in the University of London by Professor David Arnold of the History Department at SOAS and Dr Peter Morris, Head of Research at the Science Museum. The precise topic for the PhD will be determined in discussion with the student, but it is expected to focus either on the practice of astronomy in India in the 18th century (especially in the period of transition to colonial rule from c. 1740 onwards) or on ‘colonial’ astronomy especially during the second half of the 19th century. SOAS and the Science Museum will jointly provide training and support for the studentship. In addition to pursuing archival research and preparing a full-length thesis, the candidate will be expected to help in the development of the Science Museum’s Indian astronomy collection and to make recommendations for its effective display in the new Science Gallery, due to open in 2009.

Applicants should be UK residents (to qualify for a full studentship) or EU nationals (tuition fees only). Standard tuition fees and maintenance grants are paid by the AHRC: in 2006-07 the maintenance payments will be £12,300, plus a London weighing of £2,000. Applicants should normally have, or expect soon to be awarded, a Masters degree in EITHER the history of science AND/OR the history of modern South Asia. Knowledge of a South Asian language, such as Sanskrit, Persian or Urdu, would be an advantage, but is not essential. The studentship can be taken up on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Applications should be sent to Professor David Arnold, Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. Candidates should provide a brief c.v., including date of birth, details of residency status, educational qualifications (including subject of study and previous source of funding for postgraduate study), any relevant professional experience, full correspondence details, and the names of two academic referees.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 May 2006.

The AHRC, SOAS and the Science Museum are committed to a policy of equal opportunities.

Enquiries concerning the studentship should be directed to David Arnold ([email protected]) or Peter Morris ([email protected]).