The Centre for the Study of Global Empires (CGE), founded in 2013, is a new centre dedicated to reviving Aberdeen’s strength in imperial history. In recent years empire and imperialism have regained their place in public attention, and the CGE was established in 2013 to expand the work on Scottish and Irish networks and diasporas conducted in the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies.  It has a particular strength in the ‘British world’, and its thematic areas of emphasis cover connections and networks, impacts, cultures, politics, and the ends of empires. The Centre organises events and seminars and supports research projects within its remit. A large post-graduate community is also associated with the Centre.

We welcome post-graduate applications at MLitt by Research and PhD level. Please feel free to contact us to discuss project ideas. Aberdeen’s Special Archives and Collections, the collections of material culture in the Marshall Museum, and the holdings of the Sir Duncan Rice Library all provide an excellent basis for an enormous number of research projects. Click here for more information.

A range of funding opportunities are available at the University of Aberdeen, which participates in the AHRC and ESRC block grant schemes.  Several targeted funding schemes are particularly pertinent for the kinds of research conducted in the Centre:

For a comprehensive list and for details of how to apply, visit the College of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate School Website.

All enquiries concerning the Centre and its activities should be directed to Dr Andrew Dilley.