LAHP Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship 2019/20

Tuesday 19 February 2019

The Institute of English Studies, in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, is pleased to offer a LAHP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA). CDAs provide funding for doctoral studentship projects to work in collaboration with an organisation outside higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships and to provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment.  They enhance the employment-related skills and training available to the research student during the course of the award. Collaborative Doctoral Awards are not only a route into academia but also provide hands-on work experience in the cultural sector and transferrable skills. 

Women’s Ownership of Medical Knowledge in Tudor and Stuart England, 1485-1714

The work of women as medical practitioners – particularly of ‘domestic’ medicine inside the home – in early modern England has been conventionally underestimated. This is especially the case in Tudor and Stuart England, a 150-year period in which the practice of medicine formalised and transformed from folk medicine into science. Even after the first major hospital in Britain opened during the early Enlightenment in the 1720s, medicine was routinely performed by non-professional (male) medical practitioners and women provided casual medical care in domestic settings. Nuns ran conventual infirmaries and nursing orders, mothers wet-nursed, and women worked as midwives. Women were consumers, collectors, authors, and sharers of printed, manuscript, and oral medical knowledge. This PhD project aims to assess evidence of their knowledge networks, based on the rare books and archives of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and supported by Institute of English Studies (IES), School of Advanced Study, University of London, the UK’s national centre for humanities research and a leading centre for book history.

The project is supervised by Dr Elizabeth Savage, Lecturer in Book History and Communications, IES, and Professor Clare Lees, Director of the IES, with support from Katie Birkwood, Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian, RCP.

The studentship includes a stipend at Research Council UK 2019/20 rates of £17,009 per annum (plus fees at home/EU rates) for three and half years. The awarded candidate will also be entitled to a £550 per annum stipend top-up.  As a LAHP student, the successful candidate will have full access to the LAHP Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking opportunities, joining a cohort of about 90 students per year. Studentships can be either full or part-time.

For more information on LAHP Studentships, including how to apply, visit their website:

Note that in addition to the application materials required by LAHP, applicants must also start an application to the School of Advanced Study (IES):