PhD Scholarship: History of Public Health – Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Studentship

PhD scholarship opportunity: History of Public Health – Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Studentship.

Scholarships summary

  • Qualification type: PhD
  • Location: London
  • Funding for: UK Students
  • Funding Amount: Full tuition fees. Tax free stipend at the UKRI Studentship rate (2021-22 rate, with London weighting, is GBP 17,609.00)
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Closing date: 15th May, 2022.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is pleased to invite applications for a three-year full-time PhD studentship, starting in September 2022, funded by a donation from the Wilkinson Charitable Trust.

Students, academics, and professionals come to LSHTM from all over the world because of its international presence, collaborative ethos, research excellence and prestigious study programmes in public and global health.

The studentship will be based in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy (PHP) which is focussed on the improvement of health throughout the UK and worldwide. We do this through research, teaching and the provision of advice in the areas of health policy, health systems and services, and individual, social and environmental influences on health. Interests and activities embrace the health needs of people living in countries at all levels of development. We run a range of popular and highly respected MSc courses, short courses and CPD. We encompass the disciplines of epidemiology, public health medicine, economics, political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, statistics and mathematics.

The successful applicant will have unprecedented opportunities to network and establish professional contacts through formal and informal interactions with members of staff at LSHTM and other students.


Full tuition fees at the LSHTM Home fee rate. Tax free stipend at the UKRI Studentship rate (2021-22 rate, with London weighting, is GBP 17,609.00)

Up to GBP 2,000.00 per annum research training support grant (RTSG) for relevant research study costs (e.g. travel to archives, meetings and/or attendance at conferences and necessary equipment, training and fieldwork).

Doctoral research project

The Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Studentship is available to applicants interested in pursuing a PhD project in the history of public health.

The research project will be supervised by one of the following Centre for History in Public Health (CHiPH) staff:

The exact focus of the project will be developed by the successful candidate in discussion with their proposed supervisor. Possible topics for historical research include, but are not limited to the areas listed below.

Contact Janet Weston for projects in the history of:

  • Health laws and ethics
  • Mental illness
  • Healthcare in prisons

Contact Martin Gorsky for projects in the history of:

  • Colonialism and schools of tropical medicine
  • Colonialism and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine
  • Health systems and policy, including the British NHS

Contact Alex Mold for projects in the history of:

  • Health education/promotion
  • Health consumerism
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Public health in post-war Britain

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must hold relevant undergraduate and Master’s degrees in history, or a cognate social science discipline, both awarded at a high grade. Applicants with a very strong undergraduate degree in these disciplines and relevant experience will be exceptionally considered.

This PhD Studentship award is only available to candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for the Home fee rate. Please see the LSHTM fee assessment policy, in particular the ’criteria‘ section, for further details. Further information about fee status assessment can be found on the UKCISA website.

Please note that due to the high volume of enquiries we receive, we will not be able to respond to emails from applicants who do not meet these eligibility criteria.

How to apply

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