PHD studentship in British and Irish Catholic history

The Catholic Record Society invites applications for a PhD Scholarship of £5000 for the academic year 2017–2018. The award is open to postgraduates working in any field of Catholic history relating to Britain and Ireland from Henry VIII’s break with Rome onwards.

The successful candidate will contribute to the current advances in the study of British and Irish Catholic history at home and throughout the world. Testimony to the topic’s vibrancy and acknowledged relevance is the recent move of the Catholic Record Society’s journal to Cambridge University Press. The Catholic Record Society aims to enable further innovative research by supporting PhD students.

Applications are welcome from students engaged in fulltime PhD research at an institution in the UK or Ireland. The candidate can be in any year of their PhD, but not a non-fee paying writing up year. S/he cannot be in possession of other full funding and maintenance awards. Applicants who are in possession of fees-only funding will be considered. The award is for one year and is not renewable. The successful applicant will not be eligible to receive funding from any other CRS research fund in the same year.

To apply, please submit your CV and a two-page PhD plan outlining your research, the progress you have made to date, and how you will further scholarship on Catholic history relating to Britain and Ireland. Your application should be supported by two referees, who should submit their letter of support directly to the Catholic Record Society. All application materials, including reference letters, should be sent electronically to: It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure letters of reference reach the Catholic Record Society before the deadline. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 May 2017.


For all enquiries, contact Dr James Kelly: