Edward Thompson Memorial Bursary

Call for applications
Society for the Study of Labour History
Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick

Applications are invited for the Edward Thompson Memorial Bursary. The bursary has been established by the Society for the Study of Labour History in honour of one of its distinguished founders and past Presidents. It is tenable at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, in the value of up to £250 per annum, in order to support research in the MRC archive.

Applications should be marked 'IN CONFIDENCE: SSLH Edward Thompson Memorial Bursary' and made in duplicate to:

The Archivist, Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL or by email attachment to [mailto]archives@warwick.ac.uk[/mailto]

Applications should be submitted by 28 September 2007 so that decisions for support during the next eleven months can be made by 9 October. Enquiries are encouraged at anytime however as applications outside these dates will be entertained if funds are available. All enquiries should go to the Archivist at the Modern Records Centre,

Telephone: 024 7652 4219
Fax: 024 7652 4211
Email: [mailto]archives@warwick.ac.uk[/mailto]

Eligible applicants are postgraduate research students on a PhD topic in labour history. We take a broad view of 'labour history' that includes cultural and social aspects as well as political and institutional ones. The application should include a brief statement of the nature of the research topic and some comment on its importance; an explanation of the value of the MRC archive for the research; and a statement of need.

Need includes such things as lack of travel and accommodation expense funds for people using the archive; and lack of funds for photocopying expenses. Mature and part-time students will be eligible as well as full-time students. A note on relevant personal circumstances may be helpful. Applicants should provide contact details of a supporting referee, such as a PhD supervisor, with whom the bursary committee may consult.

All applications will be treated in strict confidence. No details of personal circumstances will go beyond the bursary committee. The only published details will be the name of the recipient, the topic of research and the archives to be consulted. In the event of the grant of more than one bursary in a particular year, the details of the amounts granted to individuals will be confidential to the bursary committee.

Malcolm Chase, Chair, SSLH

Helen Ford, Deputy Archivist, MRC