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Welcome.  This is the website for museums, libraries, archives and heritage organisations who support collaborative doctoral research students funded through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme.  We work together to offer joint training and cohort development opportunities for our students, develop common procedures and promote the scheme.

About the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme

The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) scheme enables non-HEI Organisations with a strong track record in the Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) scheme, and supporting other doctoral students, to be allocated a cohort of CDA studentships for three academic years for which they will then be able to nominate projects with academic partners.

12 organisations and groups of organisations have been allocated up to 50 studentships per year by the AHRC through this route with the intention of giving partners greater autonomy and the ability to develop strong programmes of collaborative PhD study.

The organisations that have allocations of studentships to start in the academic years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 are listed on the following page: Collaborative Doctoral Partnership organisations. Please visit the different organisations’ webpages or email contact for more information on how to apply.

All projects are required to involve a collaboration between a university-based researcher and the staff at one of the CDP consortium institutions.


This site is administered by Vanessa Eyles ( on behalf of the consortium of organisations holding Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships.  Contact details for each of the consortium institutions can be found on the About the CDPs” page.