Fully-funded PhD Studentships at Warwick


Fully-funded Arts/Humanities Doctoral Studentships
Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence (CADRE)

University of Warwick, Faculty of Arts

Early application for an October 2016 start is strongly advised.

In 2014/15 the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence , at the University of Warwick awarded 17 fully-funded 3.5 year PhD studentships for Home/EU students, including four Wolfson Foundation scholarships. CADRE is now seeking applications from UK and EU students for the 2015-16 awards. In addition, overseas (non-EU) applicants will be considered for the University’s International Scholarships scheme.

The 3.5* year CADRE doctoral studentship provides:

A stipend of approximately £14,000 per year.
Tuition fees covered at the home/EU rate.
Access to a dynamic community of research active peers.
World leading interdisciplinary supervision
*Extended scholarship funding of up to 5 years may be available for a number of teaching related opportunities. More information will be available on the CADRE website

These studentships offer an opportunity for excellent graduates from across the globe to become part of a vibrant doctoral Arts and Humanities research community. CADRE scholars are offered the chance to develop an innovative approach to interdisciplinary research and tackle societal challenges from a humanities perspective. Studying through CADRE equips scholars with the knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue the profession of their choice, whether in academia or in the public or private sectors; to be informed and active citizens; and to seek to apply their expertise to the major issues facing society today.

The Faculty of Arts at Warwick provides an outstanding academic environment in which to develop your research. The Faculty invites applications from any areas of research covered by our departments or research centres including Philosophy. The Faculty would particularly welcome applications that are thematic or interdisciplinary in nature investigating, for example: cultural value, cultures of translation, memory and culture, postcolonial studies or religion, rights and social justice.

Candidates should in the first instance apply through the University’s Graduate School system to the department of their choice, giving full details of their research proposal and which member(s) of staff they want to have as supervisor(s). It is important to contact the staff concerned to secure their agreement in advance.

Scholarship applications are rated on the basis of the candidate’s existing academic record, strength of the proposal and institutional provision to support it, and other academic achievements, such as grants and publications. Book an application surgery place during November 2015 to gain some one-to-one advice and support with the process.

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Why we will stand proud tomorrow

Less than 24 hours to go now and I am getting quite impatient. The number’s on the shirt, the bag is almost packed and the legs are twitching…

This has been a long time coming. Training has gone fairly well, although it was not always easy to combine race preparation with work and family commitments.

I am very happy to be running for Oxfam. When the going gets tough tomorrow, I will be thinking of those amazing workers and volunteers who fight poverty and disease all year around. I will also be thinking of all the friends, colleagues, acquaintances who donated money to support Oxfam’s work.

As I am crossing the finish line tomorrow – as I hope to do – I will be mightily relieved the race is over. Like 40,000 other runners, I will be pleased to have run 26.2 miles / 42.195 km in this great city.

But, along with my fellow Oxfam runners, I will stand very proud of having done it for such a great organisation; very proud of those whose donations – however small – will make a difference in the weeks and months to come; very proud of Oxfam workers and volunteers.

If you haven’t done so yet, I hope you will consider making a donation through my webpage:

Thank you and wish me luck!!

Please support Oxfam in Nepal and elsewhere


Today was supposed to be the day when I would tell all my friends and colleagues I will be running the Berlin marathon this September to raise money for Oxfam.

I wanted to tell you why I decided to run for an organization whose work I have supported for some years now. This post was supposed to give you a sense of the enthusiasm and trepidation with which I will be training and racing over the next few months to support Oxfam’s humanitarian work. I will hopefully get the chance to do this again later.

But over the weekend, disaster struck in Nepal. As I am sure you all know, an earthquake devastated this impoverished country, destroyed its limited infrastructures and the old city of Kathmandu. As I write, the death toll has already passed 3,600, thousands more have been injured, and tens of thousands find themselves homeless, desperate for shelter, food, and the basic necessities we all take for granted.

The Oxfam team in Nepal has been assessing humanitarian needs and a team will soon fly out of the UK to provide clean water, sanitation, and emergency food supplies.


I don’t just run for Oxfam to demonstrate my commitment to their values or my solidarity with all of those who suffer from poverty and disease. I support Oxfam because they are there when disaster hits as it did in Nepal this weekend. They work hard and effectively to respond to critical emergencies like this one. But they cannot do it alone. They need us, all of us, and whatever we can give to help their relief operations.

If you want to help, you can use the JustGiving page I just set up in preparation for my marathon:



Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Thank you very much in advance!!

Rebuilding European Lives. 1914-1939

Rebuilding European Lives. The reconstitution of urban communities in interwar France and Belgium (1914-1939).
Paper presented at the “Recreating historical cities after WWI” Conference, Kalisz (Poland), 16-17 April 2015


In July 1998, in Noyon, a medium-sized town in northern France, construction workers pulled down the decayed community hall and chopped down the acacias which had stood there since the 1920s in order to make room for a brand new leisure centre. The street sign was also taken down; until then, the plaque indicated:

“Place de Béziers, marraine de guerre de Noyon”
(« Béziers square, to the war god-mother of Noyon »)

This was the last testimony of the particular bond that used to tie Noyon and the town of Béziers, in southern France, that in March 1920 had decided to “adopt” her in a spectacular move designed to state its commitment to the recovery of a town which had been entirely destroyed after the German invasion of 1914. In that way, the “ville-marraine” had pledged its financial aid towards the recovery of the town and to foster the link between the two towns by organizing charity fêtes and civic rituals.
The acacias were not replanted and the plaque never put back in place. 80 years after the Armistice of 1918, the memory of a distinctive feature of the post-WWI reconstruction had faded away as collective memory and historiography seem to collude in oversight.

At the end of 1920, the President of the French Republic awarded its highest distinction, the Legion of Honour, to J.P. Morgan, Jr., senior partner of the American finance company, J.P. Morgan & Co., in recognition of services performed for the French government during the First World War. Indeed, the importance of J.P. Morgan & Co that was regarded as the main commercial and financial agent of France and Britain in America has for long been acknowledged by contemporaries and historians alike. They have stressed the major role played by the New York firm in the funding of the war effort and economic reconstruction which followed the Great War. In the very same year, the American Committee for Devastated France, founded and chaired by Anne Morgan, the sister of J.P. Morgan, Jr., received the Gold Medal of French Reconnaissance for the work being done in favour of the ruined areas of northern France. This work had previously won her the Croix de Guerre in 1918. In 1932 Morgan even became the first American woman to be appointed a Commander of the Legion of Honour.

The fact that the latter distinctions and the work done by Anne Morgan, is usually passed over in silence in the historiography of reconstruction betrays how exclusive an emphasis has been put on the financial and economic dimension of the post-WWI recovery of the devastated areas in Belgium and France. However important, this traditional focus on the responsibilities assumed by the Allied states and financial institutions has actually led scholars to overlook the significant role played by a host of initiatives and organizations which, originating in the civil societies of the Allied nations and prompted by infra-national, imperial and international solidarities, lent its distinctive features to the post-WWI reconstruction of western Europe.

Relatively neglected the social history of the reconstruction of France has not been wholly ignored of course. While the French countryside and its agriculture have been meticulously researched, the reconstruction of urban communities has mainly been studied from a local perspective, thanks to the efforts of local historians, archivists and museums intent on preserving the memory of a key episode in the modern history of their regions. Likewise, Anne Morgan’s contribution might indeed have been forgotten without the efforts of local historians and of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. Historians are also dependent on the efforts of other social scientists who, from the fields of geography, architecture, urban planning or heritage studies, have studied the urban reconstruction from their own, often technical and professional, perspective. Tellingly, the few historians to have published on the matter have done so in other disciplines’ journals. There remain, therefore, significant gaps in our knowledge that this project proposes to address.

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