University of London
School of Advanced Study
Institute of Historical Research


The Institute is offering a Postgraduate Studentship based in the Centre for Metropolitan History for research in any aspect of comparative metropolitan history from the early medieval period onwards and with one element of the comparison situated in Europe, to be supervised by Derek Keene, Leverhulme Professor of Comparative Metropolitan History.

The studentship would provide funding of £9,829 p.a. for up to three years and the successful applicant would register with the University of London for an M.Phil (leading to a Ph.D. after assessment) for the year 2003-4. The studentship may also be available from 2004-5.

Further particulars of the Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship in Comparative Metropolitan History

The studentship will be tenable for up to three years from, at the earliest, the beginning of the academic year 2003-4. It is intended to lead to a PhD in history in the University of London (to be written in English), but, following the University's practice, students will be registered initially for an MPhil and assessed for upgrading to PhD at the end of the first year. A student who is successfully upgraded will receive the studentship for three years in total. Arrangements to pursue research part-time will also be considered.

The subject of research should be in comparative metropolitan history, in any period from c.600 to the present, pursuing a theme or themes in more than one metropolis, of which one should be in Europe. A metropolis is to be understood as a dominant or especially dynamic or creative city, but not necessarily a capital.

The student will be supervised by Professor Derek Keene, Leverhulme Professor of Comparative Metropolitan History. Additional supervision will be arranged where appropriate.

The student will be expected to take part in the activities of the Centre for Metropolitan History, including seminars and conferences.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, including the names of two academic referees (with addresses, telephone and fax nubers, and email address), together with a 1,000 word (no more than four pages at 2,000 characters, including spaces, per page ) statement on the proposed subject of their research. Short-listed candidates will also be asked to complete the Institute's standard application form for postgraduate students. Advice on completing that form will be available.

The studentship is worth £9,829 p.a., which is intended to cover living expenses.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to: Professor Derek Keene, Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Fax: +44 (0)20 7862 8793.