Announcement of a PhD Scholarship in the History of Mathematical Sciences in India

Posted 21-12-2011 by Clemency Montelle.


An international project on the history of computational methods in Sanskrit mathematical science has been awarded a three-year grant from New Zealand's premier fund for research excellence, the Marsden Fund Council, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand. http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/2010/09/24/2010-round-press-releases/

As part of the activities of this project, the investigators are offering a doctoral study and research opportunity with the title ‘Research Associate’ carrying three years of full support for 2012-2014 for the completion of a doctoral degree at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The scholarship will provide an annual living allowance/stipend of NZ$25,000 and tuition costs for three years, and is tenable for study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the appropriate department or program (for example, the School of Mathematics and Statistics or the History and Philosophy of Science program) on the topic of the history of mathematical sciences.

The Research Associate will research and write under the supervision of the Principal Investigator a PhD thesis relating to the project goals, e.g., a critical edition with translation and commentary of a previously unpublished text on Sanskrit computational astronomy. He or she is also expected to assist (at a workload of 12 hours per week) with project related research tasks.

The successful applicant will meet the following criteria at the time of appointment:

  • attainment of a sufficiently advanced level of study (preferably a Master's degree) to permit completion of the doctorate within the three years of the project.
  • sufficient knowledge of and interest in some combination of relevant fields of study, within history of the mathematical sciences and/or Indology, to design and complete under the supervisor's guidance a doctoral thesis relating to the project’s objectives.
  • initiative and adaptability to carry out tasks in the Research Associate workload.
  • ability to enroll in the PhD programme at the University of Canterbury, including a minimum of eight to nine months per year residence in Christchurch, New Zealand to pursue their studies.

With the approval of the Principal Investigator, this position may be held concurrently with any other scholarship, award, or bursary, excluding any such award requiring teaching or other duties separate from this project.

How to Apply

Inquiries about the terms and scope of this position are encouraged. Please contact us through the addresses given below.

To apply, please send a cover letter briefly describing your relevant background and interests, a recent academic curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of two references.

Application deadline is 16 January 2012.

Applications (pdf format preferable) and queries should be sent to:

Dr Clemency Montelle: c.montelle@math.canterbury.ac.nz or School of Mathematics and Statistics University of Canterbury Private Bag 4800 Christchurch, 8140 New Zealand