PhD Scholarship in History of Mathematical Astronomy in India

Toke L. Knudsen toke.knudsen at ONEONTA.EDU
Wed Dec 21 17:11:31 UTC 2011

Dear all,

The below announcement might be of interest to your students.

All best wishes,


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

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.

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 Department 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previously unpublished text on Sanskrit computational astronomy.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 at
Department of Mathematics and Statistics University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch, 8140
New Zealand

Dr Clemency Montelle (Principal Investigator)
c.montelle at
Department of Mathematics and Statistics University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand

Dr Kim Plofker (Associate Investigator) plofkerk at
Department of Mathematics
Union College
Schenectady NY 12308, USA

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