The 'Last Ice Age' PhD Scholarships

About this project

The University of Hull, in collaboration with Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, is offering four full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships in the cultural and technical dimensions of 19th and 20th century shipping, fisheries and trade. 

The ‘Last Ice Age’ PhD Scholarships

Funded by the Research Council of Norway, and undertaken with partners in Norway and the United States, the ‘Last Ice Age’ assesses the far-reaching impact that the trade in Norwegian natural ice had on the production, transport, marketing and consumption of fresh food and cold drinks in Europe and North America in the days before modern cooling technology. The two Hull PhD scholarships will focus on:

Project 1 will analyze the contribution of natural ice to improvements in food supplies, health conditions and standards of living in regions where it was consumed.

Project 2 willassess the impact of natural ice on societal taste, fashion and aesthetics, and its role in driving the cultural and technological developments that shaped modern urban life.


The supervisory team will include Professors David J Starkey (History), David Atkinson (Cultural Geography) and Richard Barnes (Law).

For further information, contact Professor David J Starkey.

Next steps


PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 20 July 2018 at the latest.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in history, or a related discipline, together with a Masters level qualification and/or relevant research experience. 

How to apply

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Application deadline: Monday 25 June 2018

Research options:

PhD: 3 years (full-time)


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.