Modern Russian and East European Social/Economic History 

The Department of History, University of Nottingham, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for a fully-funded 4-year study programme leading to a PhD in Modern Russian and East European social and/or economic history. Proposed research projects should principally employ social science methods (for further guidance on disciplinary remit, see this page: https://www.ukri.org/councils/esrc/guidance-for-applicants/check-if-you-are-eligible-for-funding/). 

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an excellent record of academic achievement in History, Russian and East European Studies or a related discipline, and potential to complete an original and independent research project in modern Russian and East European history. 

The Department will select one or more candidates to co-develop full applications for funding offered through the Area Studies (Russian and East European) Pathway (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/studentships/nottingham/area-studies/) or the Economic and Social History Pathway (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/studentships/nottingham/econ-soc-history/) of the Midlands Graduate School (MGS) Doctoral Training Partnership (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/). The MGS is one of 14 UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), and comprises the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham. 

At Nottingham, successful applicants will join a team of PhD researchers in Russian and East European History in the Department of History, working mostly under the supervision of Professor Sarah Badcock (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/history/people/sarah.badcock) and Dr Nick Baron (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/history/people/nick.baron). For a list of current and former ESRC-funded PhD projects, please see under the Research Supervision section of Nick Baron’s page. 

This 4-year programme comprises 1 year of training in social science research methods (to MA level) plus 3 years of research on an original topic in Russian and East European social and/or economic history (to PhD level). 

Candidates who already have an ESRC-accredited MA in History or a cognate discipline, and/or can demonstrate extensive expertise in social science research methods, may apply for a +3 PhD programme. Candidates without MA degrees and those with a non-ESRC-accredited MA degree may only apply for the 1+3 programme.

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