The Principal Investigator of the ‘British Military Bases in Germany’ project, Dr Grace Huxford, will be acting as a supervisor on an exciting new Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentship funded by the AHRC and in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum on “Berlin: British Cold War City, 1945-1994”. If you meet the relevant qualifications and are considering postgraduate study, see the details below. Deadline is Sunday 5th May.


Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Bristol: ‘Berlin: British Cold War city, 1945-1994’. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are the University of Bristol and the Imperial War Museum (IWM). The studentship will be supervised by Dr Grace Huxford and Professor Josie McLellan at the University of Bristol and Sarah Paterson at IWM. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates, will begin in October 2019 (welcome week begins 23rd September 2019).

This project will research the British Forces in the city of Berlin between 1945 and 1994. The former capital of Germany was probably the most famous ‘flashpoint’ of the Cold War, where East and West met on a daily basis. Its unique status as a divided city deep within Soviet-dominated territory led to it being a hub for espionage and intelligence activities. West Berlin was divided into three Sectors controlled by the Americans, British and French, and each Power left its own legacy.

Much has been published on Berlin in the Cold War, but this tends to concentrate on particular periods of crisis or dramatic events. This project offers the opportunity to examine the British presence as a whole over this period, and to analyse its legacy. How did the British interact with the German community? How did they work with the Americans and French? And with the Soviets? How important was Berlin for providing information that influenced British political thought? What was the relationship between the British Forces in Berlin and in the rest of Germany? What influence did a posting to Berlin have on an individual? What were the social effects of German-British inter-marriage? What role did language play in a quadripartite community?

Location: Department of History and Imperial War Museum
Eligibility: Home/EU 
Start date: October 2019 

Applicants should submit via email a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a sample of writing, a brief letter outlining their qualification for the studentship, transcripts of undergraduate and masters qualifications, and two academic references to Dr Grace Huxford on Please note it is the responsibility of applicants to request references from their referees and ensure that they have been received by Dr Grace Huxford by the deadline below. All documents should be submitted in either a MS Word or PDF format. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – IWM/Bristol studentship.’

Deadline: 5pm, Sunday 5th May