Fully funded AHRC studentships – The Board of Longitude 1714-1828: science, innovation and empire in the Georgian world. The Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS),  University of Cambridge, invites applications for two AHRC Postgraduate Research . Studentships to support three years of doctoral research at the University of Cambridge to start in October 2010. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Home/EU applicants only are eligible for this funding.

The doctoral research will form an integral part of a new AHRC award to the project “The Board of Longitude 1714-1828: science, innovation and empire in the Georgian world” (AH/H015914/1). This is a joint project of the HPS Department, University of Cambridge, and the National Maritime Museum (NMM), Greenwich. The Project will result in the first comprehensive history of the Board of Longitude, examining its changing role as an influential player in Georgian culture. The Project is keen to encourage applicants for the doctoral studentships from a range of historical disciplines, including economic, political, administrative and legal history, maritime and naval history, and the history of science and scientific instruments. The aim of these studentships is to use approaches from such disciplines to understand the Board’s work as a case study. The successful candidates will be supervised by Simon Schaffer in HPS at the University of Cambridge. In addition to pursuing their own doctoral research, the holders of the award will form part of a seven-person research team and join in a range of activities to promote research on the study of the Board’s history. Full details of the Project, the scope of the studentships and conditions of eligibility are available at http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/longitude/ Interested candidates are encouraged in the first instance to contact Simon Schaffer ([email protected]) for informal discussions about their suitability and research plans. They should do this by 1 February 2010.

The successful candidates will be required to make a separate application for admission to the University of Cambridge by 15 February 2010 and will be nominated as candidates for AHRC support.