UKRI International PhD Studentship: History of Colombo (Fixed Term - 3 years)

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Applications are invited for a three year fully funded, full-time international studentship, commencing 1st October 2024. The student will be based at the Faculty of History as part of a UKRI-funded project titled 'Colombo: Layered Histories in the Global South City', which was selected for funding by the European Research Council under its 'HORIZON' programme.

The prospective doctoral student will focus their attention within the broad field of the Political and/or social history of Colombo, ideally in the era after 1800. Given the project's aim to generate dialogue between Sri Lanka and Europe, candidates applying from Sri Lanka are especially encouraged.

Applicants should have or expect to receive a relevant Masters-level qualification, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting. The project is expected to attract students with a background in history or a cognate discipline although other disciplines will be considered. They will need to demonstrate their ability to work within a team.

Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating competence in both Sinhala and Tamil. Competence in at least one of these languages for research purposes is an essential requirement for the successful candidate.

This studentship is only open to International applicants (excluding UK, including EU and EEA). Another studentship for UK candidates will be advertised in a future year.

For more details please ensure you read the Further Information document attached.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Sujit Sivasundaram, Professor of World History and project P.I. at

General enquiries about the application process can be directed to Joanne Pearson, HR Administrator at

Please quote reference JJ39243 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all students are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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