PhD positions at Birkbeck on the project ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is pleased to announce the availability of up to two fully-funded three year doctoral studentships (starting in autumn 2018), to work on projects that fall within the scope of Professor Joanna Bourke’s five year Investigator Award, entitled ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’.

Applications will be considered from candidates researching sexual violence in any geographical region of the world and any period from the 1750s to the present.

The award will consist of a fee waiver up to the value of the full-time home/EU rate for MPhil/PhD degrees, plus a studentship stipend based on current Wellcome Trust rates.

Successful applicants are likely to have, a first at undergraduate level and/or a distinction at MA, a clearly crafted project and an ability to work as part of a project team on conferences and a website, as well as on the individual research dissertation.

If you wish to inquire further about this project or have a research proposal, please contact Professor Bourke at

How to apply:

  • All prospective students are strongly advised to first make informal contact with the supervisor, Professor Bourke, in the first instance.
  • Prospective students should send the completed Wellcome Studentship application form to At the same time, they must apply online for a full-time place on the MPhil/PhD programme in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. If you are a prospective student, your application cannot be considered if you have not applied for a place.
  • Please consult the general guidance on how to apply for an MPhil/PhD place in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.
  • Deadline: 31 January 2018


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