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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Current arts and humanities doctoral activity at the Library is taking place under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships programme. This supports collaborative PhD research projects co-supervised with a UK university or other eligible Higher Education Institute (HEI).

Current arts and humanities doctoral activity at the Library is taking place under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships programme. This supports PhD research co-supervised by the Library with a UK university or other eligible Higher Education Institute (HEI). Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships enhance the research capacity and capability of the Library, open up unexplored aspects of our collections, and help us to engage with different research and public audiences.

We provide our CDP students with staff-level access to our collections, expertise and facilities. They also benefit from the dedicated programme of professional development events delivered by the Library in tandem with the other museums, galleries and heritage organisations affiliated to the CDP programme.

The projects are based on research themes that are identified by the Library initially and then refined with the selected HEI partner. PhD studentships for each project are advertised in open competition. Once recruited, the successful PhD candidate contributes to the development of the final agreed research project.

Current PhD funding opportunities

AHRC studentships are available for PhD projects starting in October 2016 in the following areas of research:

Hans Sloane’s Books: an early Enlightenment library and its material relationships
HEI supervisor: Professor Claire Preston, Queen Mary University of London
British Library supervisor: Dr Karen Limper-Herz

Investigating the intellectual significance of the library of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) to the gathering and dissemination of medical and scientific knowledge in the Enlightenment period.

Application deadline: 6 July 2016

Further project details and application guidelines 

Digital Publishing Technologies and the Reader

HEI supervisors: Dr George Buchanan & Dr Stephann Makri, City University London

British Library supervisor: Ian Cooke

Understanding the current and future role of technology in mediating the shared interpretations of texts amongst readers and authors.

Application deadline: 11 June 2016

Further project details and application guidelines

Digital Publishing and the Reader: Interactions between Readers and Writers of Creative Texts in Digital Environments

HEI supervisor: Professor Kate Pullinger, Bath Spa University

British Library supervisor: Stella Wisdom

Investigating how digital publishing and related reader/player/writer interaction should be represented and collected by memory institutions.

Application deadline: 2 May 2016

Further project details and application guidelines

The Working Life of Evolutionary Biologists: Exploring the Culture of Scientific Research through the Personal Archive of John Maynard Smith (1920-2004)

HEI supervisor: Professor Gregory Radick, University of Leeds

British Library supervisor: Jonathan Pledge

Examining questions of scientific priority and the shifting relationship between British science and politics in the second half of the twentieth century.

Application deadline: 18 April 2016

Further project details and application guidelines

Music, Print and Culture in the 16th and Early 17th Centuries

HEI supervisor: Dr Stephen Rose, Royal Holloway University of London

British Library supervisor: Rupert Ridgewell

Analysing and enhancing the BL’s extensive holdings of 16th- and early 17th-century printed music.

Application deadline: 14 April 2016

Further project details and application guidelines

Eligibility and funding details:

The studentships cover fees and a stipend at RCUK rates. The awards are subject to standard eligibility criteria for RCUK training grants.

For 2016/17 the annual stipend is likely to be £14,296, plus an additional one-off maintenance payment by the AHRC is to help towards additional costs incurred by the need to work across two institutions. Students registered at a London Higher Educational Institution will have an additional £2000 London Weighting.

Studentships are awarded for 3 years. Additional Student Development Funding (equivalent to an additional 6 months of funding per studentship) is available to allow time for further training and skills development opportunities that are agreed as part of the PhD programme.

The British Library provides all its collaborative doctoral students with additional financial support for research-related costs of up to £1,000 a year.

 

Contact: Research.Development@bl.uk

 
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