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International Centre for Historical Research in Education


International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a leading centre for historical research into education



PhD Studentships

We welcome enquiries from students interested in researching the history of education broadly defined. All ICHRE supervisors are based within the department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education but we can co-supervise with other IOE departments, other UCL faculties (e.g. UCL History or UCL Geography) or other institutions within the doctoral training partnership (e.g. Birkbeck, SOAS, University of East London).

History of education includes the cultural, social and economic history of education; teaching and learning; universities; adult, popular and informal education; voluntary organisations and youth movements; historiography and methodology. Fully-funded studentships for home or EU students are available for prospective doctoral candidates wishing to study with the International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) at UCL Institute of Education. There are two main routes:

  1. Through the ‘Education’ pathway of ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral training partnership.
  2. Through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

As this is a very competitive process we recommend that you discuss your ideas with prospective supervisors as early as possible. You are welcome to contact individual supervisors directly.


Richard Aldrich Bursaries for UCL students 

Each year we are pleased to offer a number of bursaries of up to £500 each for attendance at any conference/workshop where speakers will be presenting papers in the history of education, broadly defined. Bursaries are open to all those registered for a research degree at UCL OR to early-career academics connected with UCL who are within 3 years of the date of their viva. Grants of up to £500 to cover fees, accommodation and travel will be considered.

These bursaries celebrate the memory of Professor Richard Aldrich (1937-2014), who spent thirty years at the Institute of Education and who wrote its official history, among many other substantial contributions to the history of education during a long and distinguished career.

Proposals are more likely to be successful they lead to a clear academic outcome such as delivering a paper or/and turning this into journal article. If funded, successful applicants may be invited to deliver a talk as part of the ICHRE lunchtime seminar series or to write a blog for our website. If you have any queries please email Dr Georgina Brewis g.brewis@ucl.ac.uk or ioe.ichre@ucl.ac.uk