PhD Studentships

PhD Funding

PhD Studentships

The University of Lincoln is making a significant investment to provide research opportunities for exceptional doctoral candidates through its annual half-million pound Research Investment Fund.

The quality and breadth of research at the University of Lincoln was highlighted in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, through which more than half of the University’s submitted research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading (3* or 4*). Lincoln was also placed in the top ten nationally for the quality of its research outputs in two major subject areas.

Studentships Terms and Conditions (MS Word)

PhD Funded Studentship - Lincoln Cathedral Doctoral Studentship

School of History and Heritage

With generous support from Lincoln Cathedral, the University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified UK/EU candidate to a full-time doctoral scholarship. The recipient of the Lincoln Cathedral Doctoral Scholarship will be based in the School of History and Heritage. His or her project must be focused on or draw heavily from the holdings, history or fabric of Lincoln Cathedral, and must be in an area that can be supervised within the School of History and Heritage. Each applicant must identify his or her own project, demonstrate that it is suitable for PhD research, and that it can be completed in three years. Each applicant must also identify a supervisor or supervisors in the School of History and Heritage 

The scholarship covers UK/EU tuition fees and a stipend towards living expenses. The value of the stipend will be in line with RCUK/AHRC awards, therefore for 2016-17 it will be £14,296. The scholarship holder may also apply for limited amounts of additional funding for travel and research trips to School, College and University funds. The successful applicant may be offered the opportunity to teach as an associate lecturer for School of History and Heritage, for which he or she will be paid an additional hourly sum.

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2016. Interviews will take place shortly afterwards. 


Tuition Fees included (capped at UK/EU level) 
Stipend/Living allowance: £14,296 per annum, plus approved expenses
Start date: 05 October 2016
Duration: 36 months
Reference: CoA-LC-16-2


Dr Ian Packer (, Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of History and Heritage. Dr Packer will be able to direct applicants to potential supervisors, with whom applicants may wish to discuss the viability of proposed projects in advance of application.

For more information on Lincoln Cathedral and its holdings, applicants may contact Claire Arrand (, Special Collections Librarian, University of Lincoln and Lincoln Cathedral.


Eligibility criteria

  • A First Class or high Upper Second BA (Hons) degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, such as History, History of Art and History, or Conservation.
  • Have completed a masters-level qualification, or be expecting to complete this by the time the PhD commences (before the end of September 2016)
  • Be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). The scholarship will be awarded according to AHRC Student Funding Guidelines.

To apply

Candidates should submit an expression of interest letter to Lynn Johnson at, attaching a supporting statement (up to 5 sides of A4 total), outlining their academic qualifications, relevant research experience and expertise (including language skills), and setting out a clear plan of study which is based on the holdings, history or fabric of Lincoln Cathedral, and which identifies a suitable supervisor or supervisors in the School of History and Heritage. Candidates must also arrange for two academic references to be submitted to Lynn Johnson at the University of Lincoln by 4th April 2016. References may be submitted by email to Please quote Reference: CoA-LC-16-2 on all correspondence.