PhD Studentship: Women and Geology in Oxford, 1813–1914

Coming Out of the Shadows: Women and Geology in Oxford, 1813–1914 


The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science in the University of Leeds and the the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH) are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded 3.75 year (or part-time equivalent) PhD studentship from October 2021 under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Scheme.

This project explores the shifting activity of women in Oxford geology as a means of charting the changing opportunities and roles for women in science in Britain across the long nineteenth century. It draws on the manuscript and object collections of the OUMNH both to recover the often hidden work of women in collecting, curating, and drawing specimens, and to contextualize emerging, more publicly visible, forms of work in describing, theorizing, and writing. 

The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Jon Topham and Prof. Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds) and Ms Eliza Howlett and Prof. Paul Smith (Oxford University Museum of Natural History) and the student will be expected to spend time at both the University of Leeds and Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Full details: 

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 10 May 2021 

Planned interview date: Friday 21 May 2021 

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, but UK black, Asian, and minority ethnic researchers are currently under-represented in our postgraduate research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from such candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit. 


Contact details 


Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to address informal enquiries relating to the doctoral training grant to Dr Jon Topham. 


Further information about the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds: and


Questions regarding the application process should be addressed to the Admissions Officer, Deborah Goddard. 


Questions relating to the CDP programme within Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums can be sent to Harriet Warburton