New Birkbeck Hobsbawm scholars announced

New Birkbeck Hobsbawm scholars announced

This year’s new Hobsbawm scholars have been announced, funded by contributions from across the Birkbeck community to support postgraduate history students.

Now in its second year, the scholarships aim to encourage and support historians at the college through removing financial barriers to study and research. Six students – three studying post-graduate taught Master’s degrees and three pursing study at PhD level – will benefit from the scholarship this year.

Three full-fee waivers for full-time postgraduate Master’s study have been awarded to Sean Newman, Polly McKinlay and Imran Jaffri.

Three grants have also been awarded to three history PhD students – Emma Lundin, John Siblon and Morwenna Blewett. For details of their research awards, see the full story here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/news/new-birkbeck-hobsbawm-scholars-announced

Commenting on the award of the scholarships, Professor Frank Trentmann in the Birkbeck Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, said:

“One of Eric’s biggest concerns when he was at Birkbeck was the increasing social inequality in the UK. The Hobsbawm Scholarships are vitally important as a way to address this and further the college’s mission to enable anyone, regardless of background or means, to further their education and pursue academic study.

“Congratulations to this year’s scholars and thank you to all the friends and alumni of the college who have contributed to keeping Eric’s legacy alive.”

Following the death of Eric Hobsbawm – a much-loved member of the Birkbeck community and an internationally-renowned history scholar – in 2012, the Hobsbawm Scholarship fund was set up as a way for alumni and friends of Birkbeck to create a fitting legacy in recognition of his contribution to college life.

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