MEMS celebrates funding success for doctoral scholarships

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MEMS is celebrating a significant funding success. In partnership with King’s College London, it has been awarded a prestigious Doctoral Scholarships Programme by the Leverhulme Trust.

The Programme, entitled Knowledge Orders before Modernity, aims to provide doctoral students with the advanced skills necessary to work with manuscript books and handwritten documents. It has its name because it looks back to how knowledge was ordered before modernity – and looks beyond modernity in its focus on how we can make manuscript cultures accessible in our emerging digital age.

The Programme will be led by Prof. Julia Crick at King’s and, from MEMS, by Dr David Rundle. The Deputy Directors will be Profs Barbara Bombi (MEMS) and Alice Taylor (King’s).

MEMS Director, Dr Suzanna Ivanic, commented: ‘This is wonderful news and all congratulations to David for leading on this for MEMS. The success is testament to MEMS’s existing reputation for excellent skills training. This generous grant will mean we can expand both that training and our already-lively graduate community.’

David Rundle explained: ‘It is a delight to be working with colleagues at King’s in this innovative partnership. There is a national need to prepare the next generation of palaeographers and diplomatists. The Leverhulme Trust’s substantial funding will help us do that. Over the coming years, the Leverhulme will fund up to 18 scholarships across our partnership. In addition, at Kent, the university will fund up to two further studentships.’

The Programme team are already hard at work preparing to advertise the first round of competition for these scholarships so make sure to look out for further information!