This innovative scholarship programme provides an opportunity for postgraduate research students to undertake a package of training and career development, including teaching or research assistance, and to join a research network concentrated in a particular field of study.


Competing notions of Liberalism informed domestic and imperial British politics during the long nineteenth century. And yet, its particular influence on Irish and Scottish thought remains woefully understudied. Drawing from the expertise of Prof. Michael Brown, Dr Colin Barr, and Dr Bradford Bow in the fields of Irish history, Scottish history, and intellectual and political history, the proposed network will solicit applications for two places to study Irish and Scottish Liberalism in the period between 1798 and 1914.

PhD Project: Irish Liberalism in the Long Nineteenth Century

Supervisors: Professor Michael Brown, Dr Colin Barr, Dr Bradford Bow

This project is intended to investigate the ideology, development, decline and practical activities of Irish liberalism in the long nineteenth century. The project will build on the expertise and resources of the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, which includes an active seminar and workshop series. The Institute also hosts a number of ongoing research projects concerned in whole or in part with the history of the island of Ireland, including the ‘Global Daniel O’Connell’ project.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and potential for independent research, as evidenced by the candidate’s academic record, prior qualifications, proposal and references. Selection will be based on this evidence and upon the strength of the proposed engagement with the advertised research project.

Applicants must be classified as Overseas students for fees purposes as set by the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold prior to commencement of studies, an undergraduate degree at UK first class or 2:1 honours level, or the international equivalent. It is preferable but not a requirement that you hold a Masters relevant to your chosen area of study. Other factors such as financial status and nationality are not taken into account.

Application Procedure

Application will be via the PhD application portal. Further information on the process may be found at this site.

You must include a detailed research proposal (1000-1500 words) which sets out how you will engage with the advertised PhD project, degree transcripts and certificates, and be supported by two academic references. Further guidance on research proposal may be found here.

You should mark your application “DHP James Beattie Scholarship” in the Intended Source of Funding.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2020. Successful applicants will be notified in late September 2020.


15th of September 2020

Further Info

Before your apply, contact a member of the supervisory team. This is an opportunity to discuss your potential fit with the project, how your own research interests will benefit the project, and how you intend to frame your research proposal.