Ph.D. Scholarship: Scotland and the Flemish People

The Institute of Scottish Historical Research at the University of St Andrews is pleased to announce a PhD scholarship as part of a research initiative focused on Scotland and Flemish People and funded by the P F Charitable Trust.

The successful candidate will have a degree in History (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) and ideally a master’s degree in a relevant discipline. The scholarship will cover full UK fees. There are possibilities of applying for further funding, including the Dr Jamie Stuart Cameron Award.

The aim of the Scotland and the Flemish People project is to reassess the impact of the Flemings on Scotland and to explore the interactions between Scotland and Flemings’ ‘homeland’ in Flanders in the medieval and early modern periods. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute original research in this broad field while also helping the project leader in co-ordinating a major conference and publication addressing the aims of the project.

Possible topics for doctoral research include

  • the settlement of Flemings in Scotland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
  • commercial relations between Scotland and Flanders in the middle ages
  • the social and economic impact of the Flemish in Scotland
  • Religious persecution and migration between Flanders and Scotland in the early modern period

Informal enquiries, with suggestions for research topics, can be made to Professor Roger Mason who will be pleased to discuss the project with potential applicants. 

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2013; applications must be submitted by email to Prof Mason using this form

NB: Applicants must also apply separately for admission to the university to pursue postgraduate study. Details of this process can be found at