Funded studentships to be hosted at 14 institutions

AHRC announces doctoral studentships at UK museums and cultural institutions

Yosola Olorunshola, 05.06.2019
Funded studentships to be hosted at 14 institutions
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has announced the list of 14 institutions that will host a new round of 152 doctoral studentships at UK museums and cultural institutions.

Now in its third round, the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme gives museums, libraries, archives and heritage organisations the opportunity to host AHRC-funded doctoral students, providing them with research and training experience.

Imperial War Museums (IWM), the National Archives, the British Museum, Tate, Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales), the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium and York Museums Trust Consortium are among the institutions that will host CDP students.

Since it began in 2012, the CDP programme has awarded more than 500 PhD studentships, allowing doctoral students to develop new research skills in an environment beyond higher education.

Current CDP students are undertaking PhD research across a range of themes and institutions, including studentships on Black British poetry and performance, the role of women in the railway industry, and the archive of the Daily Herald Picture Library.

In 2017 the AHRC published a report, A Decade of Success, outlining the impact of ten years of its funding for Independent Research Organisations – a designation that was introduced to allow greater support to arts and humanities institutions outside of higher education. In the report, Elizabeth Oliver, who carried out her doctoral training with IWM as a co-supervising partner, described gaining access to more than a university alone could offer through her CDP studentship.

“I’ve been able to draw on the expertise of researchers, curators and oral historians within the IWM,” Oliver said.

To coincide with the announcement, the AHRC has published a report outlining the benefits of the collaborative doctoral studentship for students, their supporting partner organisations, and their universities.

Visit AHRC-CDP for a list of available studentships