Early Career Historians

Durham University History Department Academic Posts

We welcome applications from exceptional candidates for the following academic posts:

We welcome applications from exceptional candidates for postdoctoral fellowships. Information about postdoctoral fellowship schemes supported by the department is available here; potential applicants are encouraged to contact staff members with related research interests to discuss opportunities for sponsorship and the application process.

Information about other vacancies in the department will be posted here as they arise.

For any other queries, please contact history.reception@durham.ac.uk.


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies

University of Sheffield

School of East Asian Studies

The School of East Asian Studies is bound together by a passionate belief in the importance of East Asia as the most dynamic region in the world. We seek to communicate and disseminate our expertise and knowledge of this region across the University of Sheffield as well as nationally and internationally with the goal of impacting on the understanding and behaviour of a range of individuals, groups and organizations.

We aim to create ambitious, successful and highly employable students who are culturally agile, global citizens. Through innovative teaching and cutting-edge research, we seek to create a vibrant intellectual culture and to focus on important cross-cutting themes that break down boundaries between the study of China, Japan and Korea so that staff and students alike can achieve their full potential.

Ultimately, we aim to maintain our position as a leading East Asian Studies department in the UK, Europe and the world in terms of learning, teaching and research.

In response to the growing worldwide interest in Korea, we are making a strategic appointment at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level in Korean Studies to enhance and expand our excellent research and teaching. We welcome applications from scholars in any discipline within the broadly defined field of Korean Studies. We particularly welcome applicants with a cross-country/region-wide interest and in the disciplines of modern history and international relations. The successful appointee will make a strong contribution to the further development of our research activities, to the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and to the supervision and development of research students in cognate areas.

Fur full information and to apply go to:  http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEM849/lecturer-senior-lecturer-in-korean-studies/


Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British Social and Economic History – deadline 10 August 2017

Salary: Grade F:  £29,301 – £38,183,  Grade G: £39,324 – £46,924 or Grade H: £48,327 – £55,998

Closing date: 10 August 2017

The School wishes to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-century British Social and Economic History commencing September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. You will be required to offer research-led teaching in the field of twentieth-century Social and Economic British History at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; this will include contributions to team-taught History modules (undergraduate and MA). You will also be expected to contribute to the further development of postgraduate research at Newcastle and to take on a share of administrative tasks. The School has a preference for candidates with interests in poverty and inequality, migration or local history, though suitable candidates with any research and teaching specialism in twentieth-century British Social and Economic History will be seriously considered.

You must have a PhD in a relevant field and clearly developed research plans for world-leading or internationally excellent publications that will constitute a significant contribution to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). You must have experience of undergraduate teaching and the ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to students. You will be able to work as part of a team, and be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues in other disciplines in the School and University.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Violetta Hionidou, Head of History (violetta.hionidou@newcastle.ac.uk), or Prof. Sam Turner, Head of School (sam.turner@newcastle.ac.uk).

About us: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hca/

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

Further information and to apply:  http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BCH781/lecturer-or-senior-lecturer-in-twentieth-century-british-social-and-economic-history-b75594a/


Durham University – Post Doctoral Research Associates

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2 posts)

Durham University – School of Government and International Affairs and Department of History


Post: Postdoctoral Research Associates (2) – Church, State, and Nation: the Journals of Herbert Hensley Henson, 1900-1939.

Closing Date: 17 April 2017

This post is Full Time and Fixed Term for 36 months.

The School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) and the Department of History at Durham invite applications for two full-time PDRAs, appointed for three years. They will be employed on an AHRC funded project on ‘Church, State and Nation’ in Britain during the first four decades of the twentieth century. The focus of this project is the unpublished journals of the leading twentieth-century churchman, public moralist and member of the House of Lords, Herbert Hensley Henson, Bishop of Durham, 1920‒1939.

The project team will produce a scholarly, digital edition of the 63 journals that cover the period 1900‒1939, when Henson was a leading commentator and penetrating reporter on religious issues and many aspects of political, social, moral and international affairs. They will also engage in research and publication on the relationship between religion and politics during this period, making extensive use of the journals.

Too apply, go to: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AYA951/postdoctoral-research-associate-2-posts/


Lecturer in Early Modern History/ Eighteenth‐century History – University of Leiden

The Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History is looking for a Lecturer in Early Modern History/ Eighteenth‐century History (0.8 fte)

Starting date 1 August 2017

Vacancy number 17‐107

The Institute for History invites applications for a position in early modern history, with a focus on Europe in the eighteenth century and/or the revolution and restoration age. The position is to be taken up on August 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The candidate will be appointed at the Leiden University Institute for History (LUIH).

Key responsibilities:   

  • Teach and supervise students in the BA and MA programmes in History
  • Teach for Leiden University College The Hague
  • Contribute to the research specialization ‘Collective identities and transnational networks in medieval and early modern Europe, 1000‐1800’
  • Use her/his research experience to co‐supervise doctoral research
  • Develop research projects, and write national and international grant proposals
  • Undertake some administrative tasks, and play a role in the various teaching and examination committees
  • Be present in Leiden throughout the academic year.

Selection criteria: 

  • A historian (F/M) with a PhD and a good range of publications in early modern history, with a focus on the eighteenth century, and/or the revolution and restoration age
  • Preference may be given to applicants whose research extends to several different European countries, those who work from a global perspective and/or have an expertise in the history of the British Isles
  • An experienced and inspiring academic teacher, with clear ideas on teaching methods
  • A teacher willing and able to teach outline papers across the early modern period, as well as a BA course on the Birth of the Modern World
  • A team player eager to contribute to the lively setting of the Leiden History Institute
  • A scholar with experience in obtaining research funding
  • A scholar with an international academic network and collaborations
  • Have an excellent command of English as well as some other European languages. If the successful applicant is not Dutch‐speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years, so as to be able to teach in the BA programme. The administrative language of Leiden University is Dutch
  • Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful applicant may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs).

About our faculty, institute and programs

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 930, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 6,000 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague.

For more information:  http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl

The Institute for History is one of the seven Research Institutes of the Faculty of Humanities, employing c. 120 members of staff who teach in a variety of programmes. The BA in History attracts around 250 new students every year, the MA and ResMA around 150; we have around c. 50 Ph.D candidates with full funding. Its central research mission is to study ‘Global questions’, through the study of ‘local sources’ (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities/institute‐for‐history/research). In the last decade or so, our staff has been exceptionally successful in attracting new research funding and new students, and the Institute is growing fast. It is proud of its reputation as a vibrant, international academic community, and its collaborative and friendly atmosphere.

The Institute’s academic staff collaborate in six research programmes – we would expect the lecturer to participate in the research programme Collective identities and transnational networks in medieval and early modern Europe, 1000‐1800


Terms and conditions

We offer an appointment of 30,4 hours per week,  initially for 2 years from 1 August 2017 through July 2019 with the possibility of a permanent position thereafter.   The monthly salary will range between € 3.427,‐ and € 5.330,‐ gross, based on a full‐time appointment (pay scale 11/12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities)  ), commensurate with qualifications, with substantial holiday and end‐of‐year bonuses. Depending on qualifications, the lecturer may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until s/he fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to teaching skills certification and the number of years of relevant work experience. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Diversity Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Queries may be sent to Prof. J.S. Pollmann (j.pollmann@hum.leidenuniv.nl), Academic Director of the Institute, or Prof. J.F.J. Duindam (j.f.j.duindam@hum.leidenuniv.nl, Professor of Early Modern History.


Applications must be received by 1 May 2017 09.00h. Interviews are scheduled for 1 June.

Applications should be submitted to vacaturesgeschiedenis@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with the items listed below included in this order in a single PDF document named ‘Family Name – AG vacancy’.

  • A CV
  • A letter of motivation
  • A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO (max 1500 words) or the ERC
  • Two sample course descriptions and two course evaluations
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters at this stage).


Four Nations History Network blog – call for contributors

Call for Contributors

The Four Nations History Network is looking for bloggers for this upcoming summer and autumn.

There is no set format for the blogs. The idea of the site is that we provide a platform for PhD students, early career researchers and more established academics to explore four nations themes and methodologies. Our aim is to generate discussion and collaboration.

Blog posts should be 750 – 1000 words maximum. They should also include a blog title and short bio.

Email your submission to fournationshistory@gmail.com

You can find out more about the network here: https://fournationshistory.wordpress.com/


PhD Studentship. Engineering ‘Modern’ Scotland: The Stevenson Maps and Plans and Scotland’s Built Infrastructure, c.1800-c.1900

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD: Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship for research on the Stevenson maps and plans and Scotland’s built infrastructure, c.1800-c.1900. The award, which is made by the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium as part of the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Programme, will be managed jointly by the University of Edinburgh (Institute of Geography) and the National Library of Scotland, The studentship, which is full-time and funded for 3.5 years, will begin in October 2017 and will be jointly supervised by Christopher Fleet and Alison Metcalfe (National Library of Scotland) and Professor Charles W. J. Withers (University of Edinburgh). Part-time applications are welcome.

 The Studentship: The PhD project centres on the maps and plans within the business archive of the Stevenson civil engineering firm. Robert Stevenson and descendants played a significant role in a range of civil engineering projects across Scotland. The archive reflects that activity. The archive includes in excess of 3,000 maps and plans, supported by correspondence, reports, accounts and other business records, and reflects the broad range of civil engineering endeavours with which the firm was involved (sea-works, harbours, canals, river-courses, railways, and, importantly, lighthouses). The maps and plans of this built infrastructure have received almost no scholarly attention. They together provide a rich opportunity for understanding the geography and history of a fast modernising nation – Scotland in the nineteenth century. During the studentship, there will be opportunities within the NLS to enhance the Library’s collections and digital strategy and to work with the NLS public programmes to engage public audiences.

 How to Apply: Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree and a relevant Masters in geography, or history (economic and social), or politics. You will have some experience of relevant research methods (NB: research training is a required element in each year of the studentship). For details on eligibility criteria, including UK residency, applicants should check the AHRC website.

 Applicants should submit a summary curriculum vitae (max 2 pages), an example of recent academic writing (e.g., MSc chapter or UG Dissertation) and a short statement (1 page) outlining your qualification for the studentship, and the names and contact details of two academic referees to: Professor Charles W. J. Withers, Institute of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP (c.w.j.withers@ed.ac.uk) by Friday 7 April 2017. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 3 May 2017. For further information, contact Professor Charles W. J. Withers, Chris Fleet (c.fleet@nls.uk) or Alison Metcalfe (a.metcalfe@nls.uk).


Publishing for Historians: a workshop for advanced postgraduates and early career researchers in History 10 June 2016

Publishing for Historians: a workshop for advanced postgraduates and early career researchers in History

Sponsored by the Royal Historical Society (RHS), the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), and the School of Humanities, University of Glasgow (SoH)

9.30-4.00, Friday 10th June 2016, University of Glasgow

This workshop is for postgraduate research students and for early career researchers in History in the Scottish universities. (Additional workshops will be held elsewhere in the UK over the coming months). Academic representatives of the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research, will provide a day-long workshop on publishing. The workshop will focus on journal articles, monographs, peer review and the editing process, and Open Access. In addition to focused presentations in these areas, students will be able to spend time with journal editors, book series editors, and RHS and IHR staff and council members, learning more about pathways to publication of research. By providing high levels of discipline-specific training for high quality publication, this workshop will better prepare participants for the academic job market, and for the REF. Those not anticipating academic careers will nonetheless benefit from detailed information about publishing historical research and scholarship.

Programme:  Publishing for Historians workshop

This workshop is free for eligible PGR students (who are enrolled in SGSAH universities) and Early Career Researchers (who have not yet published a monograph, and are employed by Scottish universities or are resident in Scotland). However, places are limited and attendees must register in advance of the workshop at http://publishingforhistorians.eventbrite.co.uk

The SGSAH have provided funding for a number of travel bursaries for eligible PGR students who are registered at Scottish universities.  Application forms must be returned by noon on Friday 22nd April 2016.


ECH Grants: Research trips and/or training events

Funding for research trips to archives and libraries or to undertake fieldwork or training is available from many sources.  Obtaining one or more of these small grants as a PhD student lays excellent groundwork for making more substantial grant applications as a postdoctoral researcher.  This indicative list will give you an idea of where to begin looking for funding options:


ECH Publishing: Submitting to a Journal

What makes a good journal article? First, it must stand on its own. It may be a version of a chapter of a PhD dissertation, but it has to be self-contained. Second, it ought to have a strong and distinctive argument. The standard way to demonstrate this is by reference to the historiography – but it’s not enough (or even, really, at all persuasive) to say that your subject has been ‘neglected’ by the historiography. Some subjects are neglected for a good reason – they’re not interesting or important. You need to show how the historiography will look different by including your paper – what arguments are called into question, what new light is cast on bigger subjects, what new subjects are being developed that command attention. Sometimes people publish articles that give the overarching argument of a PhD thesis; sometimes they pick the richest or most provocative argument (perhaps from a single chapter). Third, you ought to be able to provide convincing evidence in support of your arguments. This isn’t easy within the scope of an article – which ought probably to be 8-10,000 words; it’s a real skill to learn how to select evidence that will fit within these limits and still carry conviction. How do you decide which journal to submit to? (You must only submit the same paper to one at a time.) The best course is to ask yourself which journals have published papers in your field that you have admired, or papers with which you have disagreed and would like to engage. Go for the highest-quality journal that fits this description – the one that publishes the work you consider to be the best in your field. If your work is accepted by that journal, people like you will also recognise it as standing with the best in your field. If you don’t succeed with the first submission, try the next journal down the pecking-order. This is likely to be a more specialised journal. Before you submit your paper, check your chosen journal’s website for their advice to contributors – how to format a submission, how to send it in. It’s polite to format the paper to suit the journal’s house-style; if they have an unusual style, very different from other journals, you can format it in a generic style so that you don’t have to keep re-formatting every time you submit to a new journal. For more details on what happens after your paper has been accepted, see publishing in a journal.