PhD Opportunity: The Cold War in Global Perspectives

The Department of History invites applications for a PhD in History focused on exploring the Cold War in global perspectives. Particular themes could include post-colonial security issues, such as defence and/or military assistance relations between the superpowers, the former metropoles or other West European countries and African states, conflicts, human rights or peace keeping. We would particularly welcome applications which avoid a Eurocentric perspective.

The Department of History has a strong and growing reputation for research in this field with three new appointments complementing the thematic expertise of existing staff. The department is launching a new MA in Military and International History in 2019 and are thus growing research communities in this field. You are also likely to benefit from a variety of Cold War-related projects in the department, as well as staff roles on international academic bodies and Marco Wyss’s editorial roles including the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, and the book series ‘New Perspectives on the Cold War’ (Brill).

Please contact Dr Marco Wyss ( to discuss your interest in this fully funded PhD.

Fully-funded ESRC PhD bursaries at the University of Portsmouth

ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership

Start date: 1 October 2017

Duration: 1+3 years, or +3 years

Project title: South Coast DTP ESRC: Area Studies

The University of Portsmouth, part of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) with the Universities of Southampton and Brighton, welcomes applications for PhDs in Area Studies with the possibility of a fully-funded ESRC studentship.

The Area Studies pathway, which the Centre for European and International Studies Research coordinates, welcomes applications with a social science orientation to undertake PhD research on any aspect of Francophone Africa or France’s relations with Africa.

Funding details
Full UK/EU tuition fees

Bursary matching UK Research Council National Minimum grant

Eligibility criteria 

Residency: UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply 

Academic criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background, holding a 1st or an upper 2nd class degree (or overseas equivalent). Applications from those also holding a Master’s degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Master’s degree or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. There is no requirement to have already undertaken a Masters as 1+3 students will complete the DTP’s MSc in Social Science Research Methods.

Please note that all applications are considered on their specific merits. If you do not have the standard qualifications but have relevant experience or expertise, you may still apply and your application will be considered.

Deadline for applications: 17 February 2017 (but nb you also need to apply at the same time to the University of Portsmouth, for which there is a slightly earlier deadline (details here).