PhD Studentship: Liberated Africans in Nineteenth-Century Sierra Leone

PhD Studentship: Liberated Africans in Nineteenth-Century Sierra Leone

PhD Studentship:
Liberated Africans in Nineteenth-Century Sierra Leone

Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts

Applications are invited for a fully-funded full-time studentship in History focusing on the identities and experiences of Liberated Africans or recaptives released at Sierra Leone by royal naval patrols in the period following British abolition of the slave trade.

This will be an historical study focusing on reconstructing the experiences and destinations of Africans released at Sierra Leone by royal naval anti-slave trade patrols between 1808 and 1863. Using documentary sources in Africa and Britain, the study offers the opportunity to trace the demographic and occupational characteristics of thousands of former slaves released in the British Crown colony.

The person will carry out a research project that will, on successful completion, lead to the award of a higher research degree (PhD). The student will be expected to carry out their individual research study under the direction of Professor Suzanne Schwarz, Director of Studies, and Dr. Neil Fleming, Senior Lecturer in Modern History. Professor Paul E. Lovejoy (Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University, Toronto) and Professor David Richardson (Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull) will serve as external advisers to the project.

Applicants should have a good first degree in History and an MA in History (completed or pending), although a closely related discipline may be considered. Excellent oral and written English are a must, as are a commitment and enthusiastic approach to completing a higher research degree. The successful applicant will receive a tax free bursary of £12,300 per annum from the University of Worcester plus a limited budget to support their research. Fees will be paid in full at the UK/EU rate for home and EU citizens. Overseas students are welcome to apply but will need to fund the balance of fees for Overseas Research Students (approx. £6,000 per annum).

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Application forms can be found here:
For an informal discussion about the studentship please feel free to contact Professor Schwarz by email on

For questions regarding the application process contact Mrs Helen Tabinor, Graduate Research School Manager (tel: 01905 855012, email:

Closing date for applications is 15th October 2012 Candidates will be invited for interview on 20th November 2012.

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