Postgraduate Funding

The Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre is looking to support candidates for Masters and PhD funding competitions offered by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (funded by the AHRC) and the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (funded by the ESRC).

ECW draws academic expertise from English (e.g. Baines, Lynall), History (e.g. Ashworth, Buchanan, Chalus, Endfield, Fryar, Sandy, Towsey), Modern Languages (e.g. Rosenhaft) and other cognate disciplines, and has strong collaborative links with a range of non-HEI institutions, including National Museums Liverpool (especially in decorative arts, textiles, costume and ceramics), the Liverpool Athenaeum, the Liverpool Medical Institute, the Bluecoat Art Centre, Knowsley Hall and the National Trust.

We are particularly well equipped to supervise postgraduate research on:

  • Knowledge and Communication (histories of ideas, literature, periodicals, science, expertise and medicine, including the history of reading, libraries and the book trade)
  • Global Encounters (weather, environment, material culture, gender, slavery, race, empire)
  • Urban Living (including but not limited to, social, economic, cultural, architectural and political change in Georgian towns, as well as the relationship between provincial towns and country houses).

If you are interesting in working with us, please contact our Director Mark Towsey ( in the first instance with a brief summary of your proposed project and an outline of your academic qualifications (ie degree result/expected degree result). You are strongly advised to make contact by the beginning of December in order to make the internal and external funding deadlines in the new year.

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