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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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Doctoral Awards
at the British Museum

Supported by

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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The British Museum supports seven new research studentships a year to enable students to study for a PhD at a UK University through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme.

Students research a topic that supports the work of the British Museum and are jointly supervised by a member of Museum staff and a supervisor from their University. Students have the opportunity to base their research at the Museum and learn more about how the cultural heritage sector operates. Topics are proposed by a member of Museum staff in collaboration with a colleague from a UK University and chosen on their academic strengths and clear support for the Museum’s objectives.

Partnership and collaboration is at heart of these studentships, providing support for the Museum and its research priorities, as well as its academic and non-academic partners.

  • Collaborative Doctoral Awards students at the British Museum
  • Collaborative Doctoral Awards students at the British Museum
  • Collaborative Doctoral Awards students at the British Museum


About the programme

The British Museum holds a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) award from the AHRC to support seven doctoral studentships each year for three years.

As with the existing Collaborative Doctoral Award Scheme, doctorates will be jointly supervised in collaboration with an academic partner in a British university. Studentships are administered by the universities, with AHRC funds supporting academic fees and student maintenance and the British Museum providing additional financial support for travel and related costs up to £1,000 a year. Students can also take advantage of a joint training scheme run by London-based national museums, the British Library, National Archives, English Heritage and the Royal Geographic Society.

How to take part

Applications for studentships starting in October 2015 are now open.

The Museum welcomes proposals to examine, or use as a starting point, any of the objects or art works in our collection from any disciplinary perspective. In addition, the Museum is interested in studentships that explore aspects of Heritage Science, Conservation, the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Collecting History and all aspects of the work of a museum.

Proposals for new studentships are made jointly by a member of British Museum staff and a university partner. If you are interested in discussing an idea for a proposal, or to explore what ideas they may have please contact a relevant curator, scientist or other member of Museum staff to discuss ideas.

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Application procedure

Successful applications are chosen on their academic strengths and clear support for the Museum’s objectives.

Applications will be assessed in January 2015 by a panel with members drawn from universities and other cultural heritage organisations as well as the British Museum. The closing date for applications is 17.00 on 28 November 2014.

Application form 

Guidance for completing the application form 

For enquiries about partnering with the British Museum, or to submit an application contact Dr Alexandra Fletcher.

Find out more about the Collaborative Doctoral Awards at the British Museum

Download leaflet 

Further information is available on the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships website.

Programme topics

The Museum has identified research themes which complement its strategic aims and enable students to make an original contribution to knowledge, and scholarly debate.

Themes prioritised for the period 2010-2015:

  • Objects, meanings and knowledge
  • Food, drink and cuisine
  • Ocean trade and connections
  • Image and authority
  • Technologies, materials and innovation
  • Seeing the divine


Complete list of past and current
CDA projects