The Institute of the Americas (University College London) and the British Library invite applications for the fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship: Future Pasts: British-Caribbean Popular Culture and the Politics of History, 1948-1998.

This project explores the articulation of ‘reconstructed pasts and anticipated futures’ (Scott, 2004) by the British Caribbean community in post-World War II/post-Windrush Britain. Engaging with recent scholarship on the Black Atlantic, urban cultures, and ‘Black globality’, the project will analyse the cultural forms that evolved within the British Caribbean community in the last half of the twentieth century.

PhD studentship award

The AHRC studentship award pays for the student’s fees to study at University College London and also pays an annual Research Council maintenance grant. The AHRC stipend for 2017/18 is £14,553 plus £2,000 London Weighting (full-time, pro rata for part-time) plus an additional stipend payment of £550 for Collaborative Doctoral Students (TBC). Student Development Funding (equivalent to an additional six months of funding) is available to allow time for further training and skills development opportunities that are agreed as part of the PhD programme. Further details on AHRC studentships<>.

In addition to this remuneration from the AHRC, the student can claim up to £1,000 in research-related travel expenses directly from the British Library, during each year of the award.

The successful holder of the studentship will be supervised by Dr. Kate Quinn<> at the Institute of the Americas, UCL and Dr. Elizabeth Cooper<> at the British Library. As well as intellectual support from research communities at both supervising institutions, the student will have access to desk space in a shared office with other PGR students at the Institute of the Americas, and shared office space at the British Library. The student will also benefit from access to the extensive seminar and events programmes hosted by both institutions.

How to apply

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday, 14 April 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be invited promptly for interviews held on 24 April 2017. Applications and references by e-mail (to<>) are strongly encouraged, but you may send materials by post to Dr. Kate Quinn, Institute of the Americas, UCL, Gower St, London W1E 6BT (to arrive before the advertised deadline).

Residency eligibility

Residency Criteria – applicants are required to meet the RCUK residence criteria as follows:

* British nationals normally resident in the UK and Islands are eligible to apply.

* Also eligible are non-British nationals who have settled status AND have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately prior to the date of the start of the course.

* EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years immediately prior to the date of start of the course are eligible.

* EEA and Swiss nationals (EEA migrant workers) should refer to the full RCUK guidelines<> to check eligibility and may be eligible for a fees only award.

Read more about the scheme’s scope, details and conditions in full here<> (opens as a pdf document)