Common Questions

General enquiries about the CDP itself can be addressed to the CDP Co-ordinator who is based at the V&A cdpadmin@vam.ac.uk

Contact details for further information are included in the information for each studentship as they are announced.
Details of each CDP studentship can be found on the Available Studentships page of the AHRC CDP website [link] https://www.ahrc-cdp.org/category/available-studentships/

New studentships are usually advertised between January and March each year on this website on the Available Studentships page, and elsewhere. Some studentships are advertised later in the year.

You need to have, or will have, a Masters degree or equivalent relevant experience by the time the studentship starts.
You also need to meet the AHRC’s UK residency requirements. (Full details are in the ‘Training Grant Funding Guide’ available on the AHRC’s website at: https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/publications/rcuk-training-grant-guide-pdf/, and which should be read alongside the ‘Terms and Conditions of RCUK Training Grants’ and the ‘RCUK Training Grant Guide’, both available at the RCUK website (see https://www.ukri.org/funding/information-for-award-holders/grant-terms-and-conditions/) and The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007.
EU citizens who do not meet these residency requirements can apply, but are only eligible for an award that pays tuition fees only and not money to cover living expenses. For queries about eligibility for funding under the AHRC CDP programme, prospective students should consult the RCUK’s Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants in the first instance, or contact the admissions office of the HEI to which they will be applying to undertake the PhD.

In addition to training offered by both the studentship HEI and cultural organisation, the CDP consortium also offers a tailored programme of Cohort Development events. These events, workshops and training days take place throughout the academic year.

Recent seminar topics included: ‘Making Money’, ‘Career Development’, ‘Public Engagement’, ‘Approaches to Object-Based Scholarship’ and ‘Researching the Historic Environment’

Funding is available from the CDP consortium to support CDP student travel and accommodation for Cohort Development events. Please note that CDP students must be from one of partner organisations listed here.

For further information on upcoming training events, see the Current Training Opportunities page

For further information on past events and training please see Past Training page

Details of Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave entitlements for AHRC studentships can be found in the AHRC Studentship Grants Terms & Conditions and Guidance document.

Studentships will be advertised as available on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the award will cover tuition fees and a standard AHRC grant (stipend) towards living expenses for 3 years. The value of the stipend for 2016/17 is yet to be confirmed. However, for the 2016/17 it is likely to be £14,296 plus £550 additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. CDP studentships also includes an additional six months funding to contribute towards expenses for a Student Development Project (SDP).
The cultural organisation partner may also provide further support towards further research over the course of the research studentship.

In addition to providing the lead supervisor for the studentship, the HEI partner are the registering body for the studentship, and are responsible for administering the studentship and CDP award in line with the AHRC’s terms and conditions.
The cultural organisation provides a formal co-supervisor who is the student’s main liaison point within the organisation.
Each cultural organisation will vary in terms of resources available, however there is an expectation that the student will spend a significant amount of time working within the organisation on the CDP project.
Some cultural organisations are able to provide additional financial support towards travel and research costs and information about these will be included in their studentship details.

No. The application is made by the HEI supervisor, usually along with a partner organisation supervisor. Some partner organisations may allow the supervisors to propose the name of a particular student who would study the topic, but not all.

The museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage organisations who have been awarded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentships from the AHRC run their own competitions to choose the topics of the studentships they want to support, and the HEI supervisors they want to work with. We use similar applications forms and procedures across the CDP consortium.
Applications from HEIs usually have to be made by the end of November for studentships to start the following October. We choose topics on the basis of their academic strength, how they support the partner organisation and the strength of the proposed collaboration between the HEI and partner organisation supervisors.

CDP studentships are project based studentships. The research topic is not usually developed by the student but is developed by the partner organisation, often working closely with a member of HEI staff, and is determined by the partner organisation’s research needs.

CDP studentships are characterised by the working collaboration between the HEI partner, the cultural organisation, and the student. They offer students the opportunity to carry out their research within a working environment.

CDP students always have at least two supervisors, one in the partner organisation and one in the HEI

This is a fully funded studentship to study for a doctorate at a UK HEI or other Higher Educational Institution. The topic of the research is decided in advance and is research to support the work of a cultural, arts or heritage organisation. Each student has at least two supervisors, one in the HEI and the other in the partner organisation. The student will need to spend some time researching at the partner organisation as part of their research.
The Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme (CDA) was the AHRC funded precursor to the CDP scheme. CDA studentships are no longer offered and existing CDA studentships will shortly be completed.

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