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Department of Art History and World Art Studies (School of Art, Media and American Studies), University of East Anglia, and National Maritime Museum (with National Portrait Gallery)

AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship

Portraiture and the British Naval Officer, c.1740-1805 

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London,

Principal Supervisor: Dr Sarah Monks (UEA). Lead heritage organisation supervisor: Christine Riding (Head of Art, National Maritime Museum, ‘NMM’). Second heritage organisation supervisor: Dr Lucy Peltz (Curator, 18th Century Collections, National Portrait Gallery, ‘NPG’).

The University of East Anglia, in partnership with the NMM and the NPG (both part of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, the ‘Thames Consortium’), is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a full-time collaborative PhD studentship undertaking the first sustained critical study of British naval officers’ portraits between the period of Britain’s emergence as a world maritime power and that power’s consolidation at Trafalgar, for three years commencing 1 October 2015.

The proposed research will consider British naval officers’ portraits of this period through a critically-engaged contextual analysis of key artworks (paintings and prints), largely from the collections of the NMM and the NPG which between them hold an extraordinary array of relevant works. The research will contribute to collections-related research and events within the NMM and the NPG, whilst also addressing the production, reception, dissemination and significance of eighteenth-century British naval officers’ portraits more broadly. The successful applicant will be based in the Department of Art History and World Art Studies, UEA, at the NMM and at the NPG, and will be expected to contribute to the research culture of all three institutions.

The studentship is funded through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award programme, and includes tuition fees up to the standard Home/EU amount, an annual stipend of £14,057 and an additional CDA annual maintenance payment of £550. In addition, the NMM will provide up to £1,000 per annum for approved research-related expenses. Funding for PhD studentships from AHRC is available to successful candidates who meet the UK Research Council eligibility criteria. These requirements are detailed in the AHRC studentships handbook.

Applicants should hold (or expect to achieve) a Master’s degree and either a 1st Class or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Application deadline is 11 May 2015. Download further details by clicking here. 

More information and details of how to apply can be found at on the website or contact the UEA Postgraduate Research Office via email: or phone +44 (0)1603 591709.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Sarah Monks. Email: Tel: +44 (0)1603 593768.




American Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is pleased to offer two scholarships on behalf of the Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division USAAF.

  • Two scholarships worth £6,750 towards tuition fee costs
  • Open to American nationals currently registered on a postgraduate research degree in any Faculty.
  • Application deadline: 9am Friday 17 April 2015.
  • Application documents can be downloaded by clicking here.

Applicants wishing to view the Library and meet the Trust Librarian may contact Libby Morgan on 01603 774747 or email



The Faculty of Arts and Humanities invites applications for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded doctoral studentships as partners in the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England (CHASE) CHASE will be awarding up to 75 studentships in 2015.

The Faculty will also offer up to 15 University-funded PhD studentships available to students from within or outside the EU.  

Areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology of Art
  • Art History
  • Film, Television and Media Studies
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Translation Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Museum and Heritage Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

The AHRC studentships are available to UK and EU residents: for UK residents awards consist of fees and maintenance; for EU residents awards are on a fees-only basis. The majority of the University studentships cover tuition fees at UK/EU rates, a tax-free maintenance stipend, and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply but must be able to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

Up to two university studentships will be awarded to International students from outside the EU and will cover tuition fees at international rates, a maintenance stipend and research training support grant.

Further details of fees and maintenance grants can be found on our PGR Fees and Funding pages.

Application deadline was Wednesday 14 January 2015

More information and details of how to apply can be found at   

Alternatively please contact the Graduate School Office

Email: or phone (01603) 591709

How to apply for PhD studentships

  • The deadline for applications to be considered for these studentships was 12 noon Wednesday 14 January 2015.
  • You do not need to make a separate application to be considered for University studentships. Please indicate on your application for admission that you wish to be considered for a studentship.
  • NB: The application process for AHRC CHASE studentships is outlined below and applicants are recommended to consult with their supervisor as soon as possible if they wish to apply.
  • If you have a query about the application procedure, contact the Graduate School Office, email or tel +44 (0)1603 591709.
  • Studentship decisions will be made by 30 April 2015 and if you have not heard by this date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Please visit the web pages for further details about studentships offered by individual Schools of study within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

How to apply for a CHASE AHRC studentship


CHASE AHRC studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the residency requirements set out in the AHRC Guide to Student Funding; in addition, before completing your application, please ensure that you have read the CHASE guidance notes for applicants.

If a student has already commenced doctoral study, they may still be eligible for AHRC studentship funding providing they will be studying for at least one more year full-time or 20 months part-time (excluding the writing up period). A student who has already commenced their study on a part-time basis can be supported by the AHRC to continue their studies full-time.

Please note that applicants must apply for a postgraduate place for the specific programme via the standard UEA application method or be a registered student at the University of East Anglia.

Candidates submitting to the CHASE AHRC application process who have not already applied for a postgraduate place at the University will be deemed ineligible.

Application Procedure

To apply for CHASE funding at the University of East Anglia candidates must:

Stage 1: Application for a Place of Study Before applying for a CHASE studentship you must apply to study at the University of East Anglia. You must indicate in the funding section of the application that you wish to be considered for a research council studentship.

Stage 2: Application for a CHASE studentship If you wish to apply for a CHASE studentship you need to discuss this with, and have the approval of, your proposed supervisor. You will need to request a CHASE studentship online application login and relevant guidance documents from

The on-line application form was available from 22 October 2014.

Stage 3: Complete CHASE online application forms no later than 14 January 2015. When you have completed the form it will be passed to your supervisor for completion.  

Applicants email: to confirm completion.

The deadline was 5pm Friday 30 January 2015 all aspects of the funding application must be complete and the applicant must have submitted the application.  All references must have been received and the supervisory statement completed prior to submission.

Stage 4: All CHASE applications will be reviewed by a UEA Preliminary Selection Panel. Shortlisted applicants will be submitted to the CHASE Selection Panels which will meet in March 2015 to decide on the allocation of studentships for 2015-16.

Outcome: Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 15 April 2015.


Applicants apply by: 14 January 2015 (early application is encouraged)

Deadline for references and supervisor statement: 30 January 2015 1200hrs

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 15 April 2015

Contact details

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