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Available Studentships

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

Please review this section of the website frequently as new studentships will be added over the coming weeks.


New Media Art Histories in Asia


The Courtauld Institute of Art and Tate Modern invite applications for a fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Award, starting in October 2016 for a period of three years.

The award will enable the student to pursue doctoral research in Art History while gaining first-hand experience of work within a museum setting. The successful applicant will receive their degree from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

The aim of the ‘New Media Art Histories in Asia’ doctoral project is to examine the emergence and evolution of new media art in Asia in the 20th and 21st centuries. The primary resource will be the existing and growing body of video, film, multi-medial installations and digital artworks by artists from East, Southeast and South Asia in the Tate Collection.

Please follow the link for more information:

Application deadline: 20th June 2016, with interviews likely to be held in the week of the 11th of July

Prince Albert, the Great Exhibition and its Aftermath in the context of Anglo-German Cultural Relations

The Department of German at Queen Mary, University of London is delighted to offer one AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Victoria and Albert Museum for 2016 entry. Supervised by Professor Rüdiger Görner and Dr Heike Zech at the V&A, this Award offers an exciting opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD in the Department of German and with one of the world’s foremost museums.

This research project is to investigate the role of Prince Albert in preparing the Great Exhibition of 1851, and to examine and evaluate the relevant archival material in the UK and Germany. Archive material and the extraordinary collections of the V&A will be at the heart of the study, and the student will have privileged access to this resource. They will assess the significance of the Great Exhibition in terms of vision and displayed works for the foundation of the V&A in 1852 with specific reference to historic and contemporary objects produced in the German states that were acquired during the first decades of the Museum’s existence.

For further information please follow the link:

Closing date: Wednesday 1st June 2016

Creating The Bowes Museum: private collecting, public philanthropy and the art market in the public art museum in Britain and France 1830-1900

The School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and The Bowes Museum are pleased to announce a funded studentship for doctoral research, awarded under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

The Bowes Museum is a world-leading museum of essentially French fine and decorative art from the period 1500-1870, housed in an extraordinary ‘French Chateau’ constructed 1869-76 and located in County Durham at Barnard Castle. The collections were assembled by John Bowes in Britain and France, starting in the 1830s, and consolidated later from the 1850s with his wife Josephine, as a private endeavour, before John and Josephine made a deliberate and self-conscious decision to reshape their collecting activities and establish a public art museum in the early 1860s.

This shift from ‘private’ to ‘public’ involved a range of cultural, social, economic and political dynamics as they recalibrated their collecting objectives and activities, together with their patronage of contemporary artists, moving from the assembly of objects primarily shaped by personal taste to more systematic and ‘public-spirited’ collecting. This shift from ‘private’ to ‘public’ involved an increasing engagement with the discourses of a nascent art history and the evolving structures of the art market.

The proposed research project offers a unique opportunity to investigate the development of a key private-public collection as it evolved within critical cultural dialogs between Britain and France in the middle decades of the 19thcentury. Set against ideas of the political economy grounded in competitive notions of ‘taste’ and the perceived role and function of public art museums, the project will explore the relationships between private collecting, the art market and the development of public museums in the 19th century.

This PhD research project will utilise previously unexplored archive materials now made available following a major £12 million capital investment programme at the Bowes. The archives at the Bowes include a remarkable collection of bills, dealers’ letters and auction catalogues and an extensive range of personal correspondence of John and Josephine Bowes on their collecting and patronage activities in Britain and France, as well as documents relating to the designs for the museum and its proposed organisation.

It is envisaged that the preliminary research activities will also underpin the development of an exhibition and interpretation material and publicity in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the opening of The Bowes Museum in 2017.

Please follow the link for further information and details of how to apply:

Closing date: 31 May 2016.

Maurice Broomfield goes digital: curating and interpreting institutional photographic archives in the digital realm

In partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum this doctoral project will combine scholarly research on Maurice Broomfield’s photographic archive with the exploration of digital media (both online and in-gallery) to conceptualise new ways of curating and interpreting institutional historic photographic archives in the digital realm. This project engages with emerging questions around the materiality of institutional photographic archives, their nature as collections and/or groups of individual ‘assets’, how they might be interpreted for audiences, and their capacity to converse with other cultural content/products in the digital realm, i.e. their ability to become connected.

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Broomfield archive provides an ideal focus for this research, containing around 30,000 negatives of various formats, contact prints, press cuttings, exhibition prints and works order ledgers, documenting a pivotal period in post-war British industry from the 1950s to 1970s.

The successful candidate will have a large degree of freedom in developing her/his project, but it is envisaged that this PhD will undertake theoretical and empirical action research with a variety of stakeholders to (a) explore ways of engaging with historic photographic archives through digital media, while (b) posing questions around the curatorial and interpretive mechanisms that enable and/or challenge these new potentialities of engagement.

For further information please follow the link:

Closing date: 17 May 2016.

Visualising the Crucible of Shetland’s Broch Building

We are now advertising a fully funded PhD in digital documentation of cultural heritage on the above topic. The research will examine the role of digital documentation in supporting the active conservation and presentation of Shetland’s heritage.

The PhD will be based at the University of Bradford, with time spent with Historic Environment Scotland in Stirling. Shetland Amenity Trust are a full partner and fieldwork in Shetland will be part of the research programme. Supervision will be provided by Dr Andrew Wilson (UoB) and Dr Lyn Wilson (HES), with Dr Val Turner (SAT), Dr Steve Dockrill (UoB) and Dr Ewan Hyslop (HES). See and for details of previous projects led and managed by the primary supervisors.

The PhD is funded by AHRC through the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership.

For more information please follow the link:

Closing date:  30th May 2016

A critical examination of the ‘Public Programme’ within contemporary art institutions

The School of Arts, Birkbeck, invites applications for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with Tate, starting in October 2016 for a period of up to three years.

The award will enable the student to pursue doctoral research in Arts Management in the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies while gaining first-hand experience of work within a museum setting. The successful applicant will be enrolled at and receive their degree from Birkbeck.

Supervisors are: Dr Ben Cranfield (Department Film, Media and Cultural Studies) and Dr Marko Daniel (Tate Modern).

The ‘public programme’ is an under-researched and theorised cultural object. Despite its ubiquity in today’s arts organisations it often remains an adjunctive and supplementary activity and form. However, the public programme could be said to define the contemporary art institution – developed by non-collection based organisations and then brought back into the museum as a primary function of its intellectual and moral project. Whilst the public programme has not yet been the subject of in-depth scholarly enquiry, the rise of curatorial studies, museum studies and exhibition histories have created a growing interest in the complex nexus of spaces and forms through which the discourse of art and its publics are produced. Investigating the public programme provides a furtherance of these fields and a point for their critique. An examination of the public programme provides a perspective on the recent history of new institutionalism as well as a longer view on the post-war moment that made promises to an imagined ‘public’ for arts and education.

For more information please follow the link:

Closing Date:  16 May 2016

The Cultures of Radio Research in India, circa. 1890-1947


Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded Collaborative PhD Studentship with the University of Exeter and BT Archives to research and study the history of wireless and radio research in India from the late nineteenth century to independence.

The project seeks to challenge assumptions that the development of radio science and technology in India during this period was lacklustre.  A common claim is that systematic radio science did not really start until the foundation of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India’s Radio Research Board in 1942.  However, recent studies have suggested that a culture of overland and undersea cable research was established in India by 1900 and that radio research flourished in Britain and its dominions of Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  While the existence of radio research in India before 1947 has been acknowledged in the historiography, it has never been the subject of systematic historical analysis. This project aims to plug this significant gap in the literature and advance current understanding of the larger questions of research and development in the British empire before the Second World War, and the relationships between imperialism and telecommunications.

The project supervisors are Dr Richard Noakes (University of Exeter), Dr Gajendra Singh (University of Exeter) and Mr. David Hay (BT Archives, London).  The successful applicant will also receive support from Dr. Alison Hess (Science Museum, London).

PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline now extended to the 18th November, please follow the link for more information



Wheeler & Sproson Architects: Modernity, Urbanity and Conservation

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant to a collaborative PhD studentship. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the studentship will examine the work of the architects H. Anthony Wheeler and Frank Sproson, who were active in Scotland between the 1950s and the 1980s. The studentship will commence in autumn 2016 and may be full time or part time.

Wheeler and Sproson was a leading architectural practice in Scotland between the 1950s and the 1980s, winning 19 Saltire Awards and Commendations and 12 Civic Trust Awards and Commendations. Their work ranged from individual houses to major public housing schemes and institutional buildings. The practice’s archive is housed at Historic Environment Scotland. It covers 1300+ post-war projects, and is unparalleled in completeness and integrity as a single national collection (with the exception of the Spence Glover & Ferguson archive).

With a background in History, Architectural History, History of Art, or a related discipline, a real interest in post-war architecture, and, ideally, some experience of archival research, the successful candidate will write a history of Wheeler and Sproson’s work, drawing on this rich archive. The thesis will explore the ideas that underpinned the creation and reception of Wheeler and Sproson’s work. It will combine archival research with on-site survey. A broad approach is proposed, with architecture understood within its social, economic and cultural contexts.

For further information, please follow the link:

Closing date for applications: Monday 18 April 2016 

Collecting and preserving access to Intangible Cultural Heritage within the digital environment: evaluating new models for Scotland

Heriot-Watt University, in partnership with the National Library of Scotland and Scotland’s Sounds is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a full-time collaborative PhD studentship Collecting and preserving access to Intangible Cultural Heritage within the digital environment: evaluating new models for Scotland. The studentship will commence on 1st October 2016 and will last for three years, with an additional six-month work-placement. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue an original doctoral research project within the Intercultural Research Centre of the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University, whilst working closely with National Library of Scotland expertise and collections and other organisations affiliated with Scotland’s Sounds. Scotland’s Sounds is a collaborative network of organisations led by National Library of Scotland that aims to improve the care of and access to sound collections across Scotland.

In addition to producing an original PhD dissertation based on the work of Scotland’s Sounds, the researcher will undertake a six-month placement at the National Library of Scotland, working alongside the Sound Curator to develop a pilot for public upload of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) sound material as part of the Scotland’s Sounds Project.

Please follow either of the links for further information:

Closing date: 29 April 2016

“The mantua-maker in England during the long eighteenth century”

The V&A and Queen Mary University of London are delighted to invite applications for one fully funded PhD studentship, starting in autumn 2016. Funded by the AHRC, this three-year PhD research programme will be supervised jointly by QMUL and the V&A, and will offer extensive opportunities to work with the V&A’s outstanding fashion and textiles collection.

The selected student will investigate the variety of garments made by mantua-makers in eighteenth-century England, as well as their sewing skills, business practices and commercial networks. In developing and responding to the research questions, the student will incorporate evidence from the actual garments the mantua-maker made, combined with a wide variety of written documentation from disparate sources.

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Closing date: Monday 25 April 2016.