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AHRC CDP Studentship with The British Library - Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots

The Scholarship provides Home/EU fees plus a maintenance stipend at the 2018/19 Research Council rate of £14,777  plus an additional £550 for Collaborative Doctoral Students, plus up to £1,000 per annum from the British Library for research-related costs and staff-level access to the British Library’s collections, expertise and facilities.

‘Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, 1560-1587’. This AHRC CDP award is jointly supervised between the British Library and the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Relations between Elizabeth I of England and her Scottish cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, have excited considerable scholarly interest. Yet, historical coverage is patchy and relations between the two Queens are often discussed in a vacuum, isolated from broader diplomatic and cross-border interactions.

We anticipate the PhD research will explicitly seek to redress the prevalent Anglo-centric bias in the historiography. Working in the BL’s Cotton collections and elsewhere the student will have considerable autonomy to develop the project based on archival discoveries. 

The student will have the opportunity to contribute to a major BL exhibition on Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots with opportunities for public engagement. The successful applicant will have staff-level access to the BL collections and skill-specific training opportunities.

Names of supervisors: 

  • Dr Amy Blakeway (Lecturer in History, University of Kent)
  • Dr Andrea Clarke (Lead Curator Medieval & Early Modern Manuscripts, British Library)


UK/EU nationals who meet the Research Council residency criteria welcome to apply. For details of the residency criteria please refer to the Research Council Handbook.

The successful candidate: 
  • Will have, or be studying for a Master’s Degree in a relevant subject (e.g.: History, Early Modern History, Early Modern Studies, Early Modern/Renaissance literature) and expect to obtain with Merit or Distinction. 
  • An undergraduate Honours degree at First Class or Upper Second Class or equivalent. 
  • They will also have prior experience working with early modern/late medieval manuscripts.
  • Essential: excellent palaeography
  • Desirable: Latin and/or French (training will be offered in these areas should this be necessary)

How to apply

To apply you need to complete the standard University of Kent online application form.

Please ensure you are applying via the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, NOT the School of English or History. 

In place of the research proposal requested on this form, you should provide a statement of up to 1,000 words on:

  • How you would like to develop the project theme, how your education and experience to date has prepared you for this research position, and how you will develop the opportunities offered by working with the British Library early modern manuscripts team. 
  • Your experience of working with early modern manuscripts and outreach activities. 

Applicants should also submit:

  • A piece of scholarly writing which you think best reflects your academic abilities and aspirations (e.g. an essay or dissertation) 

Please note: this is one of two studentships advertised to work jointly with Kent and the BL. Details of the second studentship are available here

Informal enquiries can be sent to Dr Amy Blakeway: a.l.blakeway@kent.ac.uk


The closing date for this award has now passed. 

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