Marie Curie Doctoral Studentship at the University of Warwick, UK, covers fees (paid directly) and a living allowance to the value of £37,831 gross per annum as well as mobility allowance where necessary. It sponsors a multidisciplinary and multi-partner research project entitled ‘Resilience in East African Landscapes: Identifying critical thresholds and sustainable trajectories – past, present and future’ (REAL), which is an EU funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN).
The doctoral award in History at the University of Warwick is one of several grants within the project to support Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).
Worth of Award:

  • The scholarship will cover fees (paid directly) and a living allowance to the value of £37,831 gross per annum, provided through an employment contract adhering to standard FP7 Marie Curie guidelines.
  • The scholarship will also provide an additional monthly mobility allowance depending on family situation. Project funds will also cover field costs and travel.


  • Applicants will hold a First Class or Upper Second class BA or BSc degree, and a Masters degree in History, Environmental Studies, Geography, African Studies, or in a cognate subject, the latter to have been received no earlier than October 2009.Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria: Practical experience and academic background of relevance for the project, e.g. experience of work with archives relevant to East Africa, and/or interview based fieldwork in East Africa or in a comparable rural environment
  • The applicants personal references
  • To fulfill Marie Curie mobility requirements applicants must at the time of recruitment by the host organisation not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the commencement of the award in October 2013.
  •  (Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • Knowledge of scientific theory and method of relevance to the research project (i.e. environmental history of Africa)
  • Analytical ability and skills in writing, as demonstrated by the submission of written work for assessment by the appointments panel

How to Apply:
The application must include the following documentation:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A short (1–2 pages) personal presentation (letter of intent) that explains why you are interested in studying for a doctorate in History, and describes your suitability for and interest in this specific research project
  • One example of an independently written paper or thesis authored by the applicant within the framework of his/her bachelor or masters level university education
  • References from two university lecturers or professors (with telephone numbers and email addresses) who have taught the applicant and who have a good knowledge of the applicant’s academic achievements

Deadline: A complete application should be sent by email to [email protected] to arrive no later than 11pm GMT on 21 June 2013. Email attachments greater than 10MB cannot be accepted by the Warwick University email system, but can instead be uploaded at
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