Lloyd's Register Foundation Thomas Chapman 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. 

Lloyd’s Register Foundation Thomas Chapman PhD Scholarships

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Thomas Chapman PhD Scholarships will focus on two distinct, yet closely-related, themes. In both cases, lessons drawn from historical evidence and precedent will emerge from the research effort to inform contemporary debates concerning the relationship between technological change, safety measures and risk mitigation.

Project 1 will derive evidence from Lloyd's Survey Reports, 1840-1870, to assess the contribution made by the Lloyd’s Register surveyors to improvements in the safety of merchant shipping in a period of rapid, though unevenly distributed, technological change.

Project 2 will examine the risks associated with distant-water trawling from 1900 to the present day, and the extent to which these risks were mitigated by safety measures taken by the owners and crews of these vessels. 


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.