Generation to Reproduction Doctoral Studentship


The University of Cambridge invites applications for a doctoral studentship funded by a Wellcome Trust strategic award in history of medicine. We seek outstanding candidates whose research would fall within the theme ‘Generation to Reproduction’.

Possible areas for doctoral projects include, but are not limited to:

  • patient?practitioner relations around fertility and other encounters that framed the generative body;
  • the influence of diseases, including venereal diseases, on reproductive behaviour and demographic patterns;
  • representation and communication of generation and reproduction;
  • ancient, medieval and early-modern investigations into generation;
  • generation and childbirth in medical cases and casebooks;
  • the reorganization of knowledge of generation/reproduction, especially in the age of revolutions;
  • such sciences as embryology, obstetrics, gynaecology, evolutionary biology, reproductive physiology, genetics and developmental biology;
  • reform movements around birth control, population control and sexual science;
  • twentieth-century transformations in techniques, experiences and regulation;
  • networks linking academic biology to reproductive medicine and public health, agriculture, especially animal breeding, and/or pharmaceutical industry;
  • techniques for monitoring and manipulating pregnancy, hormones, genes, gametes and embryos, e.g., genetic screening, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer;
  • sexology, psychology and psychoanalysis, including social and psychological practices for making babies and families.

The three-year studentship pays a generous stipend plus University and College fees at the home rate only. Candidates will usually be expected to hold a Master’s in the history of medicine or with strong emphasis on
the history of medicine.

Informal inquiries may be made to the award holder with the most relevant interests. A list of award holders can be found at:

Formal applications should be submitted through the relevant Department or Faculty in the usual way, indicating an interest in the studentship. The deadline for applications to be admitted in October 2012 is 15 February 2012 (1 February if online), but since other funding deadlines are earlier, candidates are advised to make contact as soon as possible. Further details of how to apply can be found at: