Title: Listening to the Listeners: An Oral History of Talking Therapists
Funding: The award pays your PhD tuition fees and a full stipend (maintenance grant) at UKRI rates. The National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for the academic year 2021/22 is £15,609. Further details about funding are outlined below.
Application deadline: 23 May 2021.
Start date: October 2021
Duration: 45 months (3.75 years)
Location: Colchester Campus
The successful applicant will research, record, catalogue, and analyse twenty in-depth life story oral history interviews with individuals who trained and worked as talking therapists from the 1960s. They will also draw on interviews already in the British Library Sound Archive. Within this broad structure, the successful applicant will develop their own approach, guided by the collaborative supervisory team.
Applicants may wish to consider some of the following topics that could be pursued in a PhD:
The student will be based in the Department of History at the University of Essex, supervised by Professor Tracey Loughran (History) and Professor Michael Roper (Sociology). Essex has a vibrant community of PhD students, as well as longstanding strengths in oral history and psychosocial studies.
The student will be co-supervised by Mary Stewart and Rob Perks (British Library), and will benefit from being embedded in the oral history team, receiving training, mentoring, and ongoing support as they set about their research. At the British Library, the student will become part of a vibrant cohort of collaborative doctoral researchers and benefit from staff-level access to collections, resources and training opportunities. CDP students also benefit from a dedicated programme of CDP Cohort Development events
This collaborative PhD studentship offers the opportunity to combine academic training with practice-based experience and research behind the scenes of a major cultural institution. This is a unique opportunity to gain a wide range of transferable research skills.
The PhD studentship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.
Further details on UKRI funding for doctoral training can be found on the UKRI website. In addition, the successful student will be eligible for an additional research allowance courtesy of the British Library, up to £1,000 per financial year or part-time equivalent, for the duration of the project.
This studentship is open to both Home and International applicants. UKRI has changed its residential eligibility rules. Now, regardless of whether you are a "home" applicant or an "international" applicant, you can apply for a studentship.
To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:
If you do not meet the criteria above, you are classed as an international student. Further guidance on residential eligibility is provided in Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Guidance.
We are open to applicants from a range of disciplinary and/or professional contexts and are keen to encourage a wide range of applicants from different backgrounds, particularly those currently underrepresented in doctoral student cohorts.
Please send the following documents to Lisa Willis, email@example.com:
You do not have to apply formally for admission to the University of Essex as a part of this process. The successful applicant must apply after selection.
Closing date: the application documentation should be submitted by the deadline of 23 May 2021.
Interview: we will interview shortlisted applicants via Zoom.
Start date: You will be expected to start on or about 1 October 2021, at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.
Deadline to submit studentship application: Sunday 23 May
Likely interview date (for shortlisted applicants): Week beginning 14 June 2021