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Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

The Library has been successful in applying for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) award from the AHRC. This award covers six doctoral studentships each year for three years, from 2013-2016. Each studentship will be jointly supervised by a member of the British Library curatorial team and an academic from a UK Higher Education Institution, as with the existing CDA scheme. The HEI will administer the studentship, receiving funds from the AHRC for fees and to cover the student’s maintenance. The British Library will provide additional financial support to cover travel and related costs in carrying out research of up to £1,000 a year.

Research topics
Applying for a partnership
Application form and contact details

Following internal consultation and competition, we have identified nine potential research areas which are aligned to the strategic aims of the British Library and will bring mutual benefits to both the successful student and to the Library’s collections and their users. In line with AHRC guidelines, they have capacity for the student to make an original contribution to knowledge, and engage with ongoing scholarly debates, in a field or fields within the AHRC remit. Proposals were judged against the following criteria:

  • Enables the British Library to make a unique difference through the relevance of our expertise and our collections
  • Has potential for transformational change in research
  • Contributes to the development of best practice (e.g. technical standards for digital manuscripts or ethical standards for dealing with cultural property)
  • Addresses stewardship considerations for the collection
  • Contributes to internal capacity building
  • Displays interdisciplinarity
  • Creates outcomes which are scalable to wider user groups

 Research topics

The selected areas are as follows, please click for a description:

 Applying for a partnership

We would now like to invite applications from HEIs to work with us on one or more of these proposed topics, using the application form below. The deadline for receiving applications will be Friday 28 November 2014. We will then select the six proposals with the strongest HEI applications to start in the next academic year, commencing October 2015. HEI applications will be assessed according to the following criteria: development of the research theme; the proposed academic supervisor’s research interests and expertise; the ability of the proposed Department to support the student; and evidence of previous successful collaboration with non-HEI partners.

The studentships will then be further developed in collaboration with the successful academic partner in each case before being advertised to prospective students. The successful student will contribute to the final agreed research topic.

A partnership agreement will be drawn up jointly by the British Library supervisor and the academic supervisor, in line with AHRC guidance available on page 6 of the CDA Scheme Guidance

Further detail on the CDP and CDA schemes is available from the AHRC website

 Application form and contact details

Please email this form to by 16.00 on Friday 28 November 2014. Please send queries to this email address.

Download application form [Word doc]

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