Lancaster University Research Studentship Department of History

The UK Arts and Humanities Research Board has just awarded one Research Studentship entitled “Patronage and Science: Thomas Digges (1545/6-1595)”, to be supervised by Dr Stephen Pumfrey at Lancaster University. This is a fully funded three-year studentship, comprising fees, research expenses and an annual stipend rising to £12,000. It is associated with Lancaster’s major AHRB-funded research project “Science and Patronage in England, 1570-1625”. It will suit applicants wanting to pursue a Ph.D. in Renaissance/early modern history of science, patronage or late Tudor politics.

Digges’ importance has been recognised as a popular mathematician, pioneering Copernican astronomer, military expert and ‘puritan’ M.P., but the successful applicant will pioneer an assessment of his career in the context of Elizabethan patronage

[he was the client of John Dee, Lord Burghley and the Earl of Leicester]. The researcher will have considerable autonomy, but will also provide a case study of the larger project’s application of patronage theory to the development of English science.

Lancaster is a leading research university, and the Department of History hosts one of its largest and most active research and postgraduate communities. The Department has an impressive record in recent research and teaching assessments. An office and computer facilities are guaranteed, as is affordable accommodation in The Graduate College, if desired.

Full information, including the studentship and project proposals, is available on the department’s website at:

For further details contact: Ghil O’Neill <> , Postgraduate Secretary, Dept of History, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YG. Tel: +1524 5-92549/92554. Email: [email protected] or contact/email Dr Stephen Pumfrey <> .

Provisional closing date: July 20th, 2003