Category Archives: Available studentships

Studentships available with closing dates are listed on this page

Available studentships

The CDP institutions and their partner Higher Education institutions usually announce available studentships in the first quarter of each year, though some may be announced later. The advertised studentships are listed below.


Religious music of South Asia: continuity and change in performance and meaning

Applications are invited for one AHRC doctoral studentship tenable at SOAS for 3 years (full time) or 5 years (part time) starting on 1 October 2015. This scholarship is offered in collaboration with the British Library, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

This project offers an exciting opportunity for an outstanding graduate to study the relationship of music and religion with reference to South Asia, to contribute to inter-cultural understanding and cultural repatriation through music, and to learn music research, archiving and language skills.

Dr Arnold A. Bake [1899-1963] conducted fieldwork in South Asia from the mid-1920s to 1950s. The defining theme of his research was performance and religion, and many of his recordings, films and writings concern devotional songs, music and dance, ritual performance, performances at religious festivals, and the performers themselves. This project will take the Bake Collection, held at the British Library, together with other related collections, as a focus, to explore the extent to which songs, ceremonies and their meanings have changed over time. It will also seek to engage relevant communities today (in South Asia and in the UK) to discover their interest in what used to be sung, how religion used to be expressed in performance and what importance they place on this historic knowledge. The project thus has a two-fold purpose: on the one hand it aims to investigate questions of change, continuity and meaning in performance; on the other it attempts to unlock the potential meanings that historic archival material carries, for the society of origin and the diaspora, and thus illuminate the significance and methodologies of “cultural repatriation”.

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Closing date: Friday 1 May 2015 

Mapping the Historical Growth and Cultural Context of the British Fixed Line Network

An AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Award with King’s College London, British Telecommunications plc. (BT) and the Science Museum Group.

Applications are invited for a doctoral student to investigate, digitise, and map the growth in the UK’s telephone landline network and its impact on British society and culture(s).

The rise of the Internet and social media has stimulated enormous interest in the growth and evolution of networks and their wider sociocultural impacts. However, with the notable exception of the telegraph, the deeper history of electrical communications remains under-researched. Consequently, the comprehensive archive managed by BT represents a unique resource for researchers, enabling us to ground our analysis of ‘impact’ in an understanding of the network as an object materialised through a range of artefacts: from physical cables and switches, to abstract statistics on usage by homes and businesses.

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The closing date for applications is Sunday, May 31, 2015.




Railways and Commemoration: Anniversaries, Commemorative Cultures and the Making of Railway History

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship, funded under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme, to commence in October 2015.  The partner institutions are the University of York (History Department) and the National Railway Museum (NRM), a member of the Science Museum Group. The PhD will be jointly supervised by Dr. Geoff Cubitt (University of York) and Mr. Ed Bartholomew (NRM).

The project will explore the commemorative culture of railways in Britain from the nineteenth century to the present, through the analysis of anniversary events especially. Grounded in the collections of the NRM, it will engage with anniversary events through their material culture, images, texts and performance.  Through the study of commemorative practices, the research will investigate the development and maintenance of corporate identities in the railway sector, and the shaping of narratives of railway history.  The PhD will make a significant contribution to the study of commemoration as an aspect of modern and contemporary culture and society, and may also direct reflect criticallyon the role of museums like the NRM as interpreters and presenters of history and as centres of commemorative activity.

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The closing date for applications is 5.00pm (BST) on Thursday 30 April 2015.

Teeth and their use for estimating age at death in British Archaeological Remains

Applications are invited for a fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award between the University of Southampton, and Historic England. The student will supervised by Dr Sonia Zakrzewski of the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton and Dr Simon Mays, Human Skeletal Biologist at Historic England. The student will be a member of one of the UK’s premier heritage organisations as well as participating in one of the foremost research intensive universities in the UK. Both partners will provide opportunities for training and career development.

The aims of the PhD are to develop a cost effective mechanism of assessing age-at-death from dental morphology in British archaeological skeletal remains (a dental attrition profile) and to develop methodologies for age estimation that can be broadly and easily applied by other researchers. The PhD will synthesise changes in dental morphology with social changes in dental treatment in historic and prehistoric British contexts in order to develop a nuanced understanding of change in dental morphology in relation to changes in diet and social practice in Britain.

Applicants should hold a high 2:1 honours degree and an MA (or equivalent) in either bioarchaeology, osteoarchaeology or related disciplines of palaeopathology, anthropology, anatomy or skeletal biology. It is desirable they have experience of studying dental morphology; familiarity with computer databases; familiarity with statistical analyses.

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Deadline for applications: Friday 22nd May 2015 Interviews will take place on Friday 19th  June 2015

Portraiture and the British Naval Officer, c.1740–1805

The University of East Anglia, in partnership with the NMM and the NPG (both part of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, the ‘Thames Consortium’), is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a full-time collaborative PhD studentship undertaking the first sustained critical study of British naval officers’ portraits between the period of Britain’s emergence as a world maritime power and that power’s consolidation at Trafalgar, for three years commencing 1 October 2015.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Sarah Monks (UEA).
Lead heritage organization supervisor: Christine Riding, Head of Art and Curator of The Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Second heritage organization supervisor: Dr Lucy Peltz, Curator, 18th Century Collections, National Portrait Gallery

This is an opportunity to pursue an original doctoral research project within one of the highest-ranking history of art departments in the UK (with a substantial community of scholars working on British art) whilst working closely with two national museums/galleries with renowned collections and expertise.

British naval officers were key political, social and cultural figures during the eighteenth century, and their portraits have much to tell us about that context. The period addressed by the proposed project saw profound changes in the Royal Navy as an institution including through the increased regulation of officers’ education, appointment, progression, dress, conduct and rewards. This period also saw a dramatic expansion in the market for portraits in Britain as, thanks to new forms of status and wealth, a growing number of artists were called on to depict a wider group of potential sitters, including many members of the ‘new’ professions such as naval officers. For these individuals, portraits seem to have confirmed corporate belonging and adherence to institutional codes whilst also distinguishing the sitter from others, as officers and would-be officers sought to highlight their potential for the bold confident leadership sought within the Navy’s fluid ranks. In turn, portraitists seem to have been pressed both to signify belonging and to innovate so that their sitters’ images were sufficiently distinctive as officerial portraits and as works of art within a crowded art world. This spiral of imperial, institutional and artistic competition affected the practice and forms of portraiture throughout this period, and provides the underlying dynamic for the proposed project in tandem with a broader concern to trace these portraits’ historical reception/significance.

Applicants should hold (or expect to achieve) a Master’s degree and either a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Sarah Monks Email: Tel: (01603) 593768.

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Closing date: Monday 11 May 2015


Thick provenance: interactions between European and Southeast Asian collecting practices

The Department of Asia at the British Museum and the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS invite applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time, 3-year Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council on the subject of ‘Thick provenance: interactions between European and Southeast Asian collecting practices refracted through the lens of the mainland Southeast Asia material at the British Museum.’

The project is a critical and comparative history of collecting in mainland Southeast Asia in the 19th-20th centuries. The mainland Southeast Asian collections at the British Museum contain lowland Buddhist objects, lacquerware, weapons and knives, archaeological material, pipes, and coins and banknotes, which are largely well-catalogued. More extensive, however, is the body of highland ethnographic material, including textiles and objects of daily use, which have not been thoroughly catalogued or researched. It is anticipated that the student will focus upon this latter body of material for the PhD in order to provide a better understanding of object usage and ownership within regional and group relations, as well as the interactions between Europeans and Southeast Asians at the time of collection.

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Closing date: Tuesday 28 April 2015 

Architectural Models and the Professional Practice of the Architect, 1834–1916

The Royal College of Art (RCA) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) invite applications for one fully funded PhD studentship. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this three year PhD research programme will be supervised jointly by Dr Simona Valeriani (Tutor, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme) and Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner (V&A Curator of Designs and Lead Curator for the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership). The successful student will start in autumn 2015.

In the last two decades a variety of disciplinary communities, including history and philosophy of science, history of economics, and history of technology, have been increasingly interested in models, and have discussed their epistemic function. Models both embody existing knowledge and hold the potential to be generative of new knowledge. They therefore mediate between past, present and future. In the field of architectural history, little attention has been devoted to the way in which models informed design practice, particularly with respect to the 19th century. The student will explore how architects thought about, made and used models during the period in question. The rich collection of architectural models held at the V&A and at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will be used as a springboard to analyse this question from a variety of perspectives.

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Closing Date: Tuesday 21 April 2015 (it is anticipated that interviews will take place on 5 May 2015).


Navigating the Canals: Making and Moving Venetian Renaissance Paintings

The University of Warwick and the National Gallery, London invite applications for a fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship: “Navigating the Canals: Making and Moving Venetian Renaissance Paintings”.  This project intends to study the challenges posed by Venice’s unique physical and geographical environment on the manufacture and delivery of paintings, particularly large scale, within the lagoon city and further afield to local and distant markets. The research will concentrate on Venetian paintings from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and aims to recover lost processes, peregrinations and alterations to the paintings’ supports though a combined study of historical records and technical evidence from the paintings themselves, framed by new research questions.

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Closing date: Friday 1 May 2015

Electronic Music Studios in musical, commercial and international perspective

Founded by Peter Zinovieff in London in 1965, Electronic Music Studios was one of the first recording studios in the world to employ computers to create music. It also became the manufacturer of pioneering electronic instruments including the first commercially available synthesiser in the UK. Its products were purchased by experimental recording studios around the world, as well as leading rock groups in the course of the 1970s. Focusing on the design of EMS instruments, this Collaborative Doctoral Award student will consider questions of innovation and creativity on the part of EMS engineers; research the development, production, marketing / sales of EMS products; and assess their impact on the course of music, not just in the UK but also abroad.

Applicants should have completed or be nearing completion of a Master’s level degree in a related field (History of Music / Musicology, History of Science and Technology, Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies, History of Design, etc). Applicants must also be UK or EU citizens and be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.  Further information on eligibility requirements is available from the AHRC website.

This PhD studentship will be held at the RCA and co-supervised by Professor David Crowley of the RCA and Dr Tim Boon, Head of Research and Public History at the Science Museum. The project will be supervised collaboratively, giving the students access to curatorial expertise and networks in the Science Museum.

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Closing date:  Tuesday 21 April 2015, and it is anticipated that interviews will take place at the RCA on Tuesday 5 May 2015.


Calculating Value: Using and Collecting the Tool of Early Modern Mathematics

The Department of History and Classics, Swansea University, in partnership with the Science Museum, London, invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research on the topic of ‘Calculating value: using and collecting the tools of early modern mathematics’.

The studentship, which is full-time and funded for three years, will begin in October 2015. The successful applicant will be jointly supervised by Dr Adam Mosley (Swansea University) and Nick Wyatt (Acting Head of Library & Archives, Science Museum). The student will work on the Science Museum’s early modern printed books relating to mathematics and the mathematical sciences (astronomy, mechanics, navigation, surveying, etc.), studying annotations, bindings, and other indications of ownership and use that can illuminate the market for such publications in the era in which they were produced. S/he will also study the subsequent history of these volumes, and the routes by which they entered the Museum’s collections. Thus the project’s aim is to shed light on the full range of values ascribed to these tools of mathematics over the course of their existence – as books intended to be purchased, read, and used, and as items that were, accidentally or intentionally, preserved and collected. The student will, however, be able to shape the project in accordance with their expertise and interests – by, for example, focusing on particular texts or genres of text or by exploring connections between the Science Museum’s books and its holdings of mathematical instruments.

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Closing date:  Wednesday 22 April 2015