Global PhD Scholarship in History
The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project:
Serving the Public: Global Perspectives on Broadcasting and Culture with a focus on the BBC and the ABC
This innovative doctoral research project is an opportunity for a historical and comparative study of public service broadcasting in Britain (with the centenary of the British Broadcasting Corporation in 2022) and Australia (with the centenary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation approaching in 2032).
While there have been studies of both the BBC and the ABC, a comparative, global interdisciplinary approach as envisaged in this project, will break new ground. The focus could be on radio or television, looking at a particular period within the broad chronological framework of the 1920s through to the 1980s, programming genres and personnel. Programming genres could range from talks through to drama or music. The flow of ideas and personnel between the BBC and the ABC could be considered through a study of formal exchange programs, Imperial Relations Trust scholarships, and informal networks. Throughout the development and evolution of public service broadcasting will be examined within the context of wider societal, cultural and political developments in Britain and Australia.
This interdisciplinary doctorate will combine approaches from history, media and cultural studies. It will be based on theoretical and empirical research with a clear focus on the historical source material to encourage an approach based on a close analysis of written, sound and visual archives from the perspectives of global, entangled, and transnational media history.
The history of broadcasting is seminal to our understanding of modern politics and culture as well as conceptions of national identity. Yet, it can also lend itself to an approach that transcends national boundaries. Sven Beckert has a very straightforward inclusive definition when he claims that global, world, international and transnational ‘are all engaged in a project to reconstruct aspects of the human past that transcend any one nation-state, empire, or other politically defined territory’. Such an approach emphasizes the importance of the idea of connections, circulations and networks. It also allows us to think in terms of ‘connected histories’ as argued by Sanjay Subramanyam with reference to early modern Eurasia. Framing an investigation transnationally also allows us to discard models of micro and macro, centres and peripheries – e.g. of imperial centres (London, Edinburgh) and colonial peripheries (Australia). Additionally, it enables an exploration of more multi-directional histories of globality. The concept of ‘entanglement’ – as articulated through a recent Swedish-led network, and the journal Media History – can also be a fruitful concept to work with when approaching transnational radio/television history. This could take the form of entanglements of people, politics and materiality as well as consider radio as part of a media network.
The successful candidate will work on material in the BBC Written Archives Centre, the British Library, the National Archives (Kew), the ABC, the National Archives of Australia, and the National Film and Sound Archives in both countries. It would also be possible for the student to work on a Scottish perspective and focus on BBC Scotland and Australia as a case study, if they so wish. (There are rich archival holdings in Scotland, including at the National Library of Scotland and BBC Scotland sound archives). It is envisaged that the student will divide their time equally between St Andrews (researching more widely in the UK) and in Sydney.
The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Chandrika Kaul in the School of History at the University of St Andrews and by Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley in the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication & Cultural Studies
Informal enquiries regarding this scholarship may be addressed to Dr Chandrika Kaul – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Domicile for fee status
Level of study
Postgraduate Research (Doctoral)
Year of entry
2020-2021 academic year; possible start dates are 27 August 2020, 27 September 2020, 27 October 2020, 27 January 2021, or 27 May 2021
School of History
Applicants must not already (i) hold a doctoral degree; or (ii) be matriculated for a doctoral degree at the University of St Andrews or another institution.
What does it cover?
Duration of award
Up to 3.5 years. The student will be expected to spend approximately half of the award term at the University of St Andrews and half at Macquarie University. The successful candidate will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods.
Value of award
The award covers full tuition fees for the period of time spent at the University of St Andrews. For this period, the student will also receive a stipend payable at the standard UK Research council rate (the 2019-2020 annual rate is £15,009). For the period spent at Macquarie University the student may receive funding to help with living and maintenance costs.
Tuition or maintenance award
Tuition and maintenance.
About St Andrews
Doctoral Research at St Andrews
As a doctoral student at the University of St Andrews you will be part of a growing, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating postgraduate community. St Andrews is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world and offers a postgraduate experience of remarkable richness.
St Leonard’s Postgraduate College is at the heart of the postgraduate community of St Andrews. The College supports all postgraduates and aims to provide opportunities for postgraduates to come together, socially and intellectually, and make new connections.
St Leonard’s Postgraduate College works closely with the Postgraduate Society which is one of the most active societies within the Students’ Association. All doctoral students are automatically welcomed into the Postgraduate Society when they join the University.
In addition to the research training that doctoral students complete in their home School, doctoral students at St Andrews have access to GRADskills – a free, comprehensive training programme to support their academic, professional, and personal development.
How to apply
Apply for admission as a doctoral student – please see the advice on applying for research degree programmes.
Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for this Global St Andrews scholarship (reference Kaul).
Please contact us should you have any questions regarding the scholarship: email@example.com
When do applications open?
Scholarship application deadline
12 March 2020
When will I hear if my application has been successful?
Early April 2020. Awards are subject to final signatures between the parties.