Call of applications for a PhD at the Department of History of the University of Manchester

The PhD candidate will be writing a dissertation in Economic History under the supervision of Professor Philipp Roessner of the Department of History and Dr. Nuno Palma of the Department of Economics.

Funding for UK and international students is avaiable from the Department of History, from UKRI, from ESRC and from AHRC.

The successful applicant must have a good master’s degree in History, Economics, Economic History, or other closely related field. For candidates with a History background, prior knowledge of statistics would be useful but not mandatory. Good communication skills in English are required.

Information about the PhD program is available here.

Further information can be obtained from

Professor Phillip Roessner []


Dr. Nuno Palma []

The application must include: A detailed CV, a certified copy of your master’s degree certificate including all examination results, a letter of motivation, as well as a strong 1,500 word draft proposal outlining your proposed field of study, the state of the art, the innovative contributions that your research will make, why it is relevant, as well as a representative body of indicative historical primary sources that will help you to accomplish all this.

Please see the official university pages and follow the instructions there to apply. Please apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

The program starts every September and a student is expected to graduate in three years. In addition to the scholarship stipend, funding opportunities will be available for research trips abroad. During your PhD there is also the possibility of doing research visits to universities abroad. Join us!

update: note the economic history opportunities associated with the Lewis Lab.

The University of Manchester

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