Strathmartine Trust Scottish History Scholarship

strathmartine_buildingThe Institute of Scottish Historical Research in the School of History at the University of St Andrews is delighted to announce the new Strathmartine Trust Scottish History Scholarship, which will be offered to the highest quality applicant for doctoral research in any aspect of Scottish history or the history of the Scots.

The Strathmartine Scholarship is a substantial gift of fees and a contribution to maintenance over three years. Fees at the rate of Home/EU Research will be paid ( The remainder will be paid as maintenance. The total scholarship is to the maximum value of £20,000, paid over three years. The Strathmartine Trust Scottish History Scholarship will be available from 27 September 2015.

There is no restriction on subject to be studied, but it is recommended that applicants contact a suitable supervisor before an application is made. A list of supervisors is available here, and should you wish any advice please contact the Director of the ISHR, Dr Katie Stevenson.

StrathmartineTrust_Library_deskAs a member of the ISHR, the Strathmartine Scholar will be part of a vibrant and substantial group of staff and postgraduate researchers, postdoctoral and visiting research fellows. The Strathmartine Scholar will participate in the normal intellectual life of the ISHR and the School of History, including attending research seminars, workshops and occasional events such as the annual ISHR reading weekend. Postgraduates in the School of History are given considerable training and other opportunities, as well as a small research allowance. From the second year of study there may be possibilities to teach tutorial groups at subhonours level. Both the ISHR and the School of History are committed to its large community of postgraduates, and there is a substantial annual investment in postgraduate conferences, resources, international exchanges and teaching opportunities. One current ISHR doctoral student explains life at St Andrews here.

The Strathmartine Trust was founded in 1999 by the late Dr Ronald Cant to encourage and support the study of Scottish History. The Strathmartine Centre in St Andrews is an independent study centre with a library, study rooms and communal space. It is anticipated that the Strathmartine Centre will offer desk space to the Strathmartine Scholar, where current ISHR fellows are also in residence. For more visit

To apply for the Scholarship you must first apply for entry to undertake doctoral studies and received an offer of a place by 9 January 2015. You should also write to the ISHR Director, Dr Katie Stevenson, at expressing an interest in having your application considered for the Strathmartine Trust Scottish History Scholarship.

For information about other postgraduate funding, visit this page. For general enquiries about postgraduate matters, you may contact

About standrewshistory
With over forty fulltime members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to South Asia. Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching, allowing for in-depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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