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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 IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society but we can co-supervise with other IOE departments, other UCL departments and faculties (including the Department of Information Studies, History Department, Geography Department) 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). 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 / ECRs

On an ad hoc basis 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. 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. The bursaries are open to PGT and PGR students at UCL, as well as early career scholars connected to UCL.

To make an application, please write to ioe.ichre@ucl.ac.uk giving details of the conference, your paper abstract, and approximate costs requested. If you have any queries please email ioe.ichre@ucl.ac.uk.

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