I'm asking for help in raising enough money to allow me to achieve my lifetime goal of studying an MRes in maritime history. I'm a recent graduate of the University of Hull, and have been offered a self-funded place on the Masters of Research in history course at the aforementioned university.
I applied for a studentship to help me fund my postgraduate degree, but I was recently told that I was unsuccessful and it had been awarded to another student. I will be taking out a student loan from the government to help me pay my tuition fees and any miscellaneous course costs, such as books, but it will not be enough to cover my accommodation expenses and travel fees. The money raised willmostly go to my travel fees, as I will be required to travel around the country to various local and national archives to obtain the primary sources needed for my research. This is an expensive requirement, but something I cannot avoid as doing so would limit the sources I have and, overall, my final thesis.
I will be specialising in maritime history, and the primary focus of my research will be the city of Hull's role during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. These wars have been covered in great detail by many before, though Hull's role has only been considered and study a couple of times. The port city was a thriving mercantile port, and was one of the largest (in terms of land size and profitability) in the country, yet very little has been studied on Hull's role during the period 1793-1815. It is my ambition to study this period, and evaluate Hull's role and success in its actions; I am very confident that the city had a large impact in these wars, through the impress of its men and the provisions it supplied through victualling contracts.
I've been passionate about history for as long as I can remember, and it is my lifelong ambition to be able to complete a Masters in history. Please, if you can, help me raise enough money to allow me to afford to stay in Hull and obtain this degree.