Deadline approaching: Collaborative Doctoral Award Competition 2019, A Window onto the Medieval World: Illuminating the Role of the English Glass Industry in Glazing between AD 1100-1600.

Applications are invited for an AHRC fully-funded Ph.D studentship based in the Department of Archaeology at University of Sheffield (alongside Caroline Jackson), working closely with the Stained Glass Studies Research School at the University of York (alongside Sarah Brown), and including a specific laboratory placement with Historic England at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth (alongside Sarah Paynter).

This interdisciplinary project combines stylistic and chemical analysis of medieval glass, with documentary evidence, to understand the market for English and imported Continental glass during the 12th-16th centuries. The study will focus on unpublished assemblages of window glass from nationally significant sites in England held by Historic England.

The PhD student will be enrolled at, and will receive their PhD from, the University of Sheffield, but will be expected to spend time both in York and Portsmouth, as well as becoming part of a wider cohort of AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) students.

This full-time studentship is fully-funded by the AHRC for 3 years and will begin in September 2019. The studentship will cover tuition fees and will also provide a maintenance award. In addition, Historic England will provide research expenses of up to £1000 each year (up to 4 years) to cover costs associated with undertaking the research. Applicants should have a strong academic record, including a Distinction (or equivalent) at Masters level in a relevant discipline (which may include but is not exclusive to Archaeology, Archaeological Science, STEM subject areas (Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Geology), History, Museum studies, or Conservation) along with a willingness to work across disciplines.

Applicants are advised to contact any of the supervisors (named above, contact details below) to discuss their application. Please note the application is a two stage process. Stage 1 is an application to the supervisory panel to be selected as a candidate for the project. If successful in Stage 1, the project supervisors will work with the candidate to develop an application for the second step (Stage 2), the main WRoCAH competition.

After contacting one of the project supervisors, applicants should send an email to Caroline Jackson( containing a C.V. detailing their academic record; an academic transcript from their university; the names and contact details of two referees; and an 800 word statement of purpose explaining why the applicant is interested in undertaking the programme of research and what experience and skills they would bring to the project, along with details of previous research experience, and why the applicant feels a WRoCAH studentship would be beneficial to their career.

Deadline for the first stage of the application process is 12 noon on Friday 30th November, 2018.
Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 12th December in the Archaeology Department of the University of Sheffield.
The main competition (Stage 2) closes at 5pm on Wednesday, 23rd January 2019. Successful candidates will be announced in April 2019.

To discuss making an application, and for more information about this project, please contact: Prof Caroline Jackson (, Dr Sarah Paynter ( or Sarah Brown (

For more information about the WRoCAH doctoral award scheme more generally, see

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