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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.

Following a competitive selection process, these are the successful research topics and HEIs for 2014:

  • Britain and Latin America: Slavery, Independence and Empire, 1791-1888 – University of Liverpool. Applications now open, closing date Friday 4 April 2014
  • The Decca Record Company of the 1960s and 70s: the legacy of Christopher Raeburn – University of Sheffield. Applications now closed.
  • Music, Print and Culture in the 16th and Early 17th Centuries – Royal Holloway. Applications now closed.
  • The Russian Revolution – two studentships: University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University of London. Applications now open closing date Friday 2 May 2014; download application form (Word), reference form (Word)
  • Stefan Zweig Collection Literary Manuscripts – University of Bristol. Applications now closed.

Applications for the remaining studentships will open shortly.

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

In addition to the CDP scheme, applications are now open for a further two scholarships which will be jointly supervised by staff at the University of Sheffield and at the British Library. These scholarships are funded by the University of Sheffield. Further details are available.

  • A Comparative Analysis of Visual Propaganda in France and Britain during the First World War. Applications now open, closing date Friday 2 May 2014.
  • A History of the Printed Image 1750-1850: Applying Data Science Techniques to Printed Book Illustration. Applications now open, closing date Friday 2 May 2014.

If you have any questions about working in collaboration with the Library, please email us at

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