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AHRC supports next generation of research talent at world-renowned UK cultural institutions

Date: 23/05/2019

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has today announced the 14 successful institutions and consortia that will host 152 AHRC-funded doctoral studentships at some of the UK’s world-leading museums and cultural institutions.

Now in its third round, the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme gives museums, libraries, archives and heritage organisations the opportunity to host AHRC-funded doctoral students, providing them with invaluable research and training experience.

The announced CDP award holders include Imperial War Museums, The National Archives, the British Museum and Tate (a full list of the fourteen AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership awards can be found in the Notes to editors [Link to anchor in the Notes to Editors]).

Since it began in 2012, the CDP programme has awarded more than 500 PhD studentships, allowing doctoral students to develop new research skills in an environment beyond higher education.

Previous CDP students have contributed to the curation of a recent Anglo-Saxon exhibition at the British Library, and even helped research new materials at Tate to help clean highly sensitive art pieces like Roy Lichtenstein’s Whaam!

To coincide with the announcement, the AHRC is publishing a new report which looks at AHRC-funded collaborative studentships (PDF). Commissioned by the AHRC and authored by JD Hill and A. Meek of the British Museum, the report outlines the impact and benefits of the collaborative doctoral studentship for the students, their supporting partner organisations and universities.

Sue Carver, AHRC Strategic Lead for Skills, said: “The Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme gives doctoral students a unique opportunity to receive PhD training at some of the UK’s best known cultural institutions.

“This gives students the chance to tap in to world-class expertise and take part in engagement activities at the heart of the public’s interaction with art and culture.”

Notes to Editors

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Awards:

  • The British Library: Supporting the Next Generation of Research Talent
    Lead applicant: British Library
  • Historic England and the English Heritage Trust Lead applicant: Historic England and the English Heritage Trust
  • Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium
    Lead applicant: Historic Environment Scotland
    Consortium partners: Historic Environment Scotland (HES), National Museums Scotland (NMS), National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), National Library of Scotland (NLS) and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)
  • IWM Lead applicant: Imperial War Museum
  • MOLA Lead applicant: Museum of London Archaeology
  • REACH Consortium (Revisiting and Enhancing Approaches to Collections and Heritage)
    Lead applicant: National Maritime Museum
    Consortium partners: National Maritime Museum (NMM), National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), British Film Institute (BFI), and the National Trust (NT)
  • Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales Lead applicant: National Museum Wales
  • Science Museums and Archives Consortium
    Lead applicant: Science Museum Group
    Science Museum, BT Archives (BT), Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British geographers) (RGS), Royal Society (RS) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Tate
    Lead applicant: Tate
  • The British Museum
    Lead applicant: The British Museum
  • The National Archives
    Lead applicant: The National Archives
  • The National Gallery, Bowes Museum, York Museums Trust Consortium
    Lead applicant: The National Gallery
    Consortium partners: The National Gallery, The Bowes Museum, York Museums Trust
  • Oxford University GLAM (Gardens, Libraries and Museums)
    Lead applicant: University of Oxford
    Consortium partners: Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Libraries, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford Botanic Gardens & Arboretum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers Museum
  • V&A
    Lead applicant: Victoria and Albert Museum

About The Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

The AHRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body that works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.

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