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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.
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
The British Museum welcomes expressions of interest from any UK university, particularly partners outside London.
Proposals for new studentships made by Museum staff and a named university partner will be agreed in January each year. They will be assessed against agreed criteria by a panel with members drawn from universities and other museums as well as the British Museum. The deadline for the next round of projects will be announced shortly.
More information about Collaborative Doctoral Awards is available on the AHRC website.
For more information about partnering with the British Museum, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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