The QARANC Association PhD Scholarship is managed by the QARANC Association Heritage and Chattels Committee.


The Association has a particular interest in the heritage of the Corps with one of the Objects of the Association being, “Fostering esprit de corps, comradeship and the welfare of the corps and preserving its traditions.”, something that is also made clear in the establishment, and the Terms of Reference, of the Heritage and Chattels Committee.

Although much has been written about the history of Army nursing, and many scholars continue to research and write our history, there is a lack of authoritative writing from the perspective of Army nurses themselves. It has been difficult for Army nurses, serving or retired, to gain the necessary skills and standing to be able to write history that is acceptable in academic and scholarly contexts. There are members of the Association who would like the opportunity to gain these skills at Doctoral level, in order to advance the body of knowledge from within Army nursing.


The QARANC Association will fully fund a PhD Scholar from within the Association membership to undertake PhD studies at Cardiff University commencing October 2019 (or sooner if it suits the person accepted). The main supervisor will be Professor Holly Furneaux of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University.


This project will be the first to research a growing number of nurses’ autograph and scrap-books held in the QARANC archives at the Museum of Military Medicine. Assembled by Army nurses, these works contain inscriptions, verses, original poetry, and sketches by the military personnel gathered within the wards. They typically include humorous cartoons of ward and camp life, landscapes seen from hospital and on campaign, and detailed nature drawings.

Focusing on the First World War the work will draw on the wider QARANC archives, including diaries, journals and notebooks, as well as autograph and scrap-books held in other archives including at the Royal College of Nursing, the Imperial War Museum, and the National Museum of Wales. It will also draw on the nurses’ official service records at the National Archives.

The research will set the autograph and scrap-books in the context of the nurse compiler’s biography, the community of contributors, the specific operational environments and the period of production. This will allow a comparison between these books, highlighting any differences between the characters and the creativity of the nurses who curated these collections, and the nursing, military, and civilian interactions in different wards and hospitals.

It will develop an established field exploring the dynamics of interactions between nurses, doctors, patients and civilian hospital visitors. It will also contribute to an emerging scholarly interest in the creative culture of military hospitals (eg. Reznick, Carden Coyne, Bamji), and will build upon the supervisor’s exploration of the production of soldier art in military hospitals. Work on these previously unexplored materials will enrich our understanding of nurses’ creativity and of gendered and power relationships within military medical culture.

The appointed scholar will have the opportunity to enhance the Museum of Military Medicine’s cataloguing, digitising, and interpretation of these objects and to contribute to museum programming, such as public talks, educational outreach and potentially an exhibition.


The funding for an October 2019 start is set out in the following table:

CostYear 1Year 2Year 3
University Fees£4430£4608£4793
Personal Stipend£15,368£15,983£16,623
Allowance for research costs£5250£5250£5250
Total Annual Funding£25,048£25,841£26,666


Applicants need to meet the requirements for entrance to Post Graduate Research Programmes at Cardiff University.

Applicants should hold an Honours degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) from a recognised institution, OR a very good MSc/ MPhil/ MRes degree from a recognised institution, OR satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full-time.

For applicants whose first language is not English an official and in date IELTS or TOEFL transcript is required. IELTS score should be a minimum of 7.0 overall and at least 6.5 in all components. TOEFL score should be 623 (paper), or 106 (Internet) with a minimum of 20 in each component.


The availability of a scholarship will be advertised through the chain of command, Association branches, and by Cardiff University via Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship will need to send the following to the Association General Secretary (QARANC Association, Regimental Headquarters QARANC, Robertson House, Slim Road , CAMBERLEY, GU15 4NP):

  • An up to date Curriculum Vitae,
  • Evidence that they meet the criteria listed above,
  • A piece of academic writing (500 words) outlining their interest in the research topic.

The Heritage and Chattels Committee along with Professor Holly Furneaux  will shortlist suitable candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview at Cardiff University. The interview panel at Cardiff will comprise Cardiff University academic supervisors and at least one representative of the Heritage and Chattels Committee.

The Board of Trustees will confirm which applicant (if any) they are offering a scholarship to and the successful applicant will be invited to apply to Cardiff University. If the applicant is successful, the scholar will commence the Postgraduate Research Programme in October 2019 or sooner if the process allows and as may be agreed by the Association and the University.

Funding for the scholar will start when the Postgraduate Research Programme commences.


Supervisory meetings will be arranged at the discretion of the scholar and supervisors, but must take place at least once per month. The scholar will have two supervisors, both of whom have expertise in this area of research. In addition, a member of the Heritage & Chattels Committee with research experience, will provide input on the direction and topic of the research to ensure it meets the needs of the Association.


The scholar will be required to follow both the Cardiff University and the Association monitoring requirements. The QARANC Association requirements are:

  • To present a summary of their research at the Chief Nurse (Army) Symposium (or similar event) each year;
  • To be a member of the QARANC Heritage and Chattels Committee (Ex Officio) and to attend meetings and contribute their research skills to the work of the Committee.


The Association requires the following outputs:

  • At least one journal publication during the scholarship period
  • At least one conference presentation during the scholarship period
  • A substantial publication to be presented to a publisher within a year of the PhD being awarded by Cardiff University.


Please send a message via the Contact page for further information.