Collaborative doctoral studentships 2015-2016

Open House event at Edinburgh Castle

The recent CDP open house event, held at Edinburgh Castle

The Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme is generating a lot of interest. We have some very interesting projects underway at the moment, as you may remember from a previous post. We are gearing up for another round of applications to the scheme, and I recently represented The National Archives at an open house event at Edinburgh Castle in June. The event was a fantastic way to meet academics and discuss possibilities for this year’s round of studentships. Applications are now open, so if you are interested please get in touch with the research team so that we can liaise with subject experts at The National Archives who might be able to co-supervise a studentship.

What is a Collaborative Doctoral Studentship?

Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDPs) were formed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in 2012 to increase the research capacity of major cultural institutions. We are really excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with higher education institutions and engage in innovative research with students. The National Archives is part of The Thames Consortium, along with The National Maritime Museum and The National Portrait Gallery and collectively, we have six CDP studentships to assign. The deadline to apply is 28 November 2014.

What are we looking for?

We have identified research areas within historical, digital and heritage science strands which we would like to focus on. The topics are fairly broad and you can see the full list here. They cover a huge area ranging from developments in early modern science and material culture, to sustainable stewardship, to the challenges in identifying and managing sensitive historical digital records. As you can see, there is huge amount of scope for some unique work.

You can find out information about current studentships held across all of the Independent Research Organisations here to get a feel for the type of projects supported. If you have any questions or comments, please use the comments box below. It looks like it will be another competitive round and I look forward to reading your proposals.


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