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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

Closing Date: 29 April 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

Picturing the Antipodes: race, image and empire in 19th-century Britain

This studentship will be supervised by Dr Zoë Laidlaw, Reader in Imperial and Colonial History at Royal Holloway, University of London, in collaboration with Dr Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator, and Section Head, Oceania, at The British Museum. This project is inspired by the British Museum’s significant early pictorial collections of Australian Indigenous people. The research will focus on images produced c.1800-1860 – after the earliest British exploration and settlement of Australia, but before the granting of settler self-government – when ideas of race, civilization, humanity and colonization were in flux in Australia and across Britain’s Empire. The project will move beyond traditional art history approaches to colonial Australia’s visual heritage, to consider questions of production, circulation, collection, reproduction and display within colonial, imperial and Indigenous histories. As such it will encourage a consideration of how racialised and hierarchical ideas about Australia’s Aboriginal peoples shaped British notions of empire, governance and civilization that continue to resonate for Indigenous people today. While the research will be based primarily on the study of museum images and objects in the British Museum, other collections such as the Natural History Museum and British Library, hold relevant material that may be investigated. Consequently, the project should both complicate our understanding of London’s role as an imperial capital, and also create links between scattered collections of objects, images and documents in the U.K.

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Closing date for applications: Tuesday 5 April 2016

Early Bronze Age Funerary Vessels

The Institute of Archaeology at University College London and the British Museum are pleased to announce a funded studentship for doctoral research, awarded under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

The Project will be supervised by Professor Mike Parker Pearson, Professor of British Later Prehistory, UCL Institute of Archaeology, in collaboration with Dr Neil Wilkin, Curator of the European Bronze Age Collections, at the British Museum.

The successful applicant will undertake doctoral research into the manufacture of ceramic funerary vessels of the Early Bronze Age (EBA) in Britain (c.2400-1500 BC). Funerary vessels represent one of the most common and most important sources of information about social and ritual practices and identities during this period. The successful candidate will study the vessels in far greater depth than hitherto attempted by supplementing the traditional macroscopic skills of the finds specialist and curator, with the methods of archaeological science and experimental archaeology. The studentship provides a unique opportunity to work directly with the rich archaeological material in the collections of the British Museum.

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Closing Date: 25th April 2016. 

A multi-disciplinary approach to the characterisation of ancient leather processing in the Nile Valley during the Pharaonic era.

The British Museum in partnership with the University of Northampton invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research on the following theme: A multi-disciplinary approach to the characterisation of ancient leather processing in the Nile Valley during the Pharaonic era.

The award will cover University of Northampton tuition fees and provide the standard AHRC student stipend for three years. Additionally, the student will receive support from the British Museum of up to £1000 p.a. for approved travel and expenses, as well as a staff pass, a workspace with computer, research library access and staff privileges. Further funding will be secured to enable the student to undertake fieldwork in Egypt/Sudan.

Research context: Skin processing technology in Egypt and Nubia during the Pharaonic era (c.3000-30BC) is not well understood, nor whether leather-making was a craft ascribed to a particular population group or region. This PhD project will build upon existing knowledge to generate a new corpus of evidence using a range of analytical techniques to identify hide types and processing substances of leather objects in the British Museum collection. The scientific findings will be contextualized by anthropological and experimental research in practical leather processing to address technological ‘how’, experiential ‘why’ and cultural ‘where’ questions, thereby building a new understanding of Pharaonic leatherwork and the possible role of distinct leather-making traditions in Egypt and Nubia.

The three-year studentship, to start 1 October 2016, offers the opportunity for the award-holder to undertake original research leading to a PhD, taking advantage both of the unique research resources of the ICLT, Northampton, and the scientific facilities within the British Museum’s new research laboratories. In addition, the student will benefit from a training placement for proteomic analysis at the University of York (supervised by Prof. Matthew Collins).  At the British Museum the student will have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of the Museum’s hitherto understudied leather collection, improving its documentation, accessibility and potential for display.

Supervision will be provided by Dr Rebecca Stacey (British Museum) and Dr Anne Lama (ICLT, University of Northampton).

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Closing date:  29th April 2016 by 12 noon