AHRC PhD studentships for collaborative research with the British Library

Collaborative PhD British Library

Four PhD studentships are available for collaborative research projects starting in October 2018. The projects will be co-supervised by the British Library with specially selected UK university partners, offering unique opportunities for bespoke doctoral training and professional development.

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AHRC studentships are available for the following Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships:

Shifting Landscapes: Mapping the Intellectual Writing Traditions of Islamic Southeast Asia

  • BL Supervisor: Annabel Gallop (Head of South East Asian Collections)
  • Partner: SOAS University of London. University Supervisor: Mulaika Hijjas (Lecturer in South East Asian Studies)
  • Application deadline: 9 April 2018. View further details (SOAS website).

Open Access and the role of the national library

  • BL Supervisor: Torsten Reimer (Head of Research Services)
  • Partner: University of Sheffield. University Supervisor: Stephen Pinfield (Professor of Information Services Management)
  • Application deadline: 18 June 2018. View further details (University of Sheffield website). 

Music publishing in the British Isles 1750-1850

  • BL Supervisor: Rupert Ridgewell (Curator, Printed Music Collections)
  • Partner: University of Liverpool. University Supervisors: Mark Towsey (Reader in Modern British History) & Michael Spitzer (Professor of Music)
  • Application deadline: 27 April 2018. View further details (FindAPhD website).

Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots

  • BL Supervisor: Andrea Clarke (Lead Curator, Medieval & Early Modern Manuscripts)
  • Partner: University of Kent. University Supervisor: Amy Blakeway (Lecturer in British History, 1480-1600)
  • Application deadline: 8 May 2018. View further details (University of Kent website).
Anglo-Scottish Relations in the Early Sixteenth Century

Please note that there is currently a related studentship opportunity at the University of Kent, funded by the AHRC CHASE DTP consortium. View further details.


The four above projects have been developed by the British Library and our university partners for the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme. The successful candidates will be able to work with the project supervisors to further develop and refine the focus of the research.

The studentships are awarded for three years initially. Additional Student Development Funding, equivalent to an additional 6 months of funding, is available to support further training and skills development opportunities that are agreed as part of the PhD programme and may be used to extend the studentship accordingly.

The British Library will provide studentship holders with financial support for research-related costs of up to £1,000 a year.

Studentship holders will also benefit from the dedicated programme of professional development events delivered by the British Library in tandem with the other museums, galleries and heritage organisations affiliated to the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme.

As with all AHRC studentships, applicants are required to meet the standard RCUK residency eligibility criteria. Please refer to pages 17-18 of the RCUK Training Grant Guide for further information.

Find out more about the Library’s collaborative doctoral programme.

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