TECHNE AHRC Funded Studentship

Applications are invited for a TECHNE Partnership PhD studentship, part-time or full-time, co-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Roehampton, starting in January 2021.  The award offers a stipend for three years (value for 20-21 is £17,285.00) or pro rata for part time students.  Students can apply to extend the stipend to undertake a work placement for a period of 1-6 months.

Project Description

This studentship offers the opportunity to research and study the history, composition and arrangement of a major collection held in the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  The project focuses on the Miscellaneous Reports: 771 volumes of printed and manuscript material relating to the administration of the British colonial botanic gardens and stations, dating from the 1840s to 1928. The Reports document the economic botany of these regions through correspondence with Kew, printed reports, newspaper articles, and illustrative material such as maps, photographs and sketches.  They are grouped by country and by economically useful product (such as tea, cinchona or rubber).  Although mainly focused on economic botany, the collection also includes material relating to colonial history, geography and anthropology.  As a whole, this collection offers a rich and as yet untold narrative of Kew’s global operations in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.  No comparable collection exists in any other institution worldwide.  The significance of the Miscellaneous Reports was recently recognised by the award of a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant for their conservation and cataloguing.

The project will take as its focus the creation, composition and arrangement – both past and present – of the Miscellaneous Reports as a collection.  The successful applicant will be able to work in consultation with the archivist responsible for ordering the collection.  The student will be encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach, depending on the student’s own background and research interests.   These may include – but are not limited to – imperial history, cultural geography, literary studies, environmental studies, ethnobotany and archival studies.  The student’s own interests and archival discoveries should guide the project. 


The successful candidate must have a good first degree (at least 2:1) and have obtained, or be working towards a Master’s degree at a minimum of Merit level in a relevant subject.

EU applicants will only be eligible for a fee-waiver award. International applicants are not eligible for this studentship.

The closing date for applications is 23rd November

Interviews will take place remotely.

Read more on the project details, supervision, career opportunities and how to apply:

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