PhD Placements at the British Library
Placements at the British Library provide opportunities for PhD students from all disciplines to develop and apply transferrable research skills outside of the university sector. They support the professional development of researchers for future career paths both within and outside academia. Placement projects are hosted both by specialist curatorial teams and by staff working in areas such as research engagement, digital scholarship, corporate affairs and public policy.
A broad range of placement opportunities have been identified by the Library for 2016-17 (See the PDF links below to view placement project profiles)
- First World War Ephemera
- Exploring American Foreign Policy Resources at the British Library
- Understanding the Economic Impact of the Knowledge Quarter
- Research on the British Library’s zines collection to improve user access
- Understanding the extent digital-only publishing in the UK: sources of data
- Identifying and cataloguing the printed books of Sir Hans Sloane
- General Election 2015 Web Archive
- Developing access to the Evolving English VoiceBank
- International development: the role of libraries and the role of the British Library
- Science in society
- Profiling the Digital Humanities Landscape in China
- Online access to catalogues of India Office Private Papers foundation collections
- European music print culture in the 16th and 17th centuries
- Exploring British Library collections through twentieth and early twenty-first century anti-poverty activism
- British politicians and statesmen from the early Eighteenth Century to the Second World War
- Investigating the PhD thesis in multimedia or non-text form
- Exploring food activism through the archives: the relationship between animal rights campaigns and food activism in the UK 1950 – 2015
A Call for Applications for the above placements is now open.
How to apply
Please refer to the detailed application guidelines and send completed application forms by email to Research.Development@bl.uk
Please note that all applications must be approved by the applicant’s PhD supervisor and Graduate Tutor (or equivalent senior academic manager).
The application deadline is 4pm on Friday, 19 February 2016.
- British Library PhD placements are open to all PhD students, as long as they have the support of their PhD supervisor and their Graduate Tutor (or equivalent)
- International students are eligible if they have the right to study in the UK
- Most placements are also suitable for part-time students – this will be indicated on the project profile when placement opportunities are advertised
- The minimum duration for each placement is 3 months (or PT equivalent)
Funding and support
A dedicated work and development plan for each placement project ensures appropriate induction, training, supervision and support. All placement students have their own desk and/or workspace, and are fully integrated into the team/department in which they are based.
The Library’s placement scheme has been developed in consultation with HEI partners and stakeholders. Students applying for a placement at the Library are expected to consult their HEI or Doctoral Training Partnership/Doctoral Training Centre to ascertain what funding is available to support them.
Contact Research.Development@bl.uk for all queries or to be added to our placement scheme mailing list.