Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Oxford's AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) began in 2016 and offers up to four fully funded doctoral studentships each year. 

The scheme, which is led by Dan Hicks (Pitt Rivers Museum), operates across the six gardens, libraries and museums: the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Libraries, History of Science Museum, Museum of Natural History, Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum and the Pitt Rivers.

Each CDP studentship is jointly supervised in partnership between one or more of Oxford University museums and academics from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI).

The partner HEI administers the studentship, receiving funds from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the student’s fees and maintenance in line with a standard AHRC award.

In addition to this full studentship award for fees and maintenance, Oxford University museums provide up to £2,000 per annum per student to cover the costs of travel between the HEI and Oxford, and related costs in carrying out research. Studentships can be based at any UK HEI apart from Oxford University.

The Collaborative Doctoral Partnership training grants will produce research that helps us to develop new perspectives on our collections and to share knowledge more widely and effectively with a range of audiences, while also training a new generation of scholars working between the academic and heritage sectors.

For general enquiries about Oxford University GLAM Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships please contact Dr Harriet Warburton, GLAM Research and Impact Manager, at harriet.warburton@glam.ox.ac.uk. For enquiries about specific projects please contact the project supervisors named below.

 

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2022 CDP Student Projects at Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums

 

The seventh round of Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships will begin in October 2022, in partnership with University College London (UCL) and the University of Kent. 

For both studentships people from under-represented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply and interviews will be guaranteed to applicants from specified ethnic backgrounds who meet the essential eligibility criteria; see each advert for further details.

Centring the marginal: Western medieval manuscript fragments in the Bodleian Library 

Illuminated medieval manuscript with dense black text and some colour illustration

The University of Kent and the Bodleian Libraries are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded doctoral grant from October 2022. The project will enable a student to champion the broadening of Western manuscript studies through research on overlooked fragments. The successful applicant will have autonomy to shape the project based on their interests and will divide their time between the two institutions, receiving advanced research training and benefiting from experience in a special collections library.  

This studentship will begin on 1 October 2022 and will be jointly supervised by Dr David Rundle, University of Kent, and Dr Matthew Holford, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. 

For full details of the studentship, including further particulars and how to apply, please follow the link to the advert on the University of Kent website.

In preparing your application and proposal, you are encouraged to contact the supervisor at Kent, Dr David Rundle (D.G.Rundle@kent.ac.uk), who would be very glad to communicate with prospective applicants by email, telephone, or Skype/Zoom.

Application deadline: 26 May 2022, 5pm BST 

Interview date: it is anticipated that interviews will take place online on 13 June 2022 

 

Decolonizing Collections: The Reception and Consumption of Classical casts in pedagogy in the British Empire

The Cast Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum

University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded doctoral grant from October 2022. The project aims at providing for the first time an important and much-needed historical insight into the import, dissemination, and role of plaster casts from the antique, as teaching materials and means of faithful representations of absent classical works, in pedagogic collections and visual displays of the Indian subcontinent. 

This studentship will begin on 1 October 2022 and will be jointly supervised by Professor Phiroze Vasunia, UCL, and Dr Milena Melfi, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

For full details of the studentship, including further particulars and how to apply, please follow the link to the advert on the UCL website.

For informal enquiries relating to the doctoral training grant, please contact Professor Phiroze
Vasunia (p.vasunia@ucl.ac.uk).

Application deadline: 25 May 2022, 5pm BST

Interview date: it is anticipated that interviews will take place in the week of 6 June 2022.

 

 

2021 CDP Student Projects at Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums

 

The sixth round of Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships will begin in October 2021, in partnership with the University of Brighton, University of Exeter and University of Leeds. 

Further details of the research projects will be available in due course:

 

 

2020 CDP Student Projects at Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums

 

The fifth round of Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships began in October 2020, in partnership with the University of Bristol; and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Birkbeck and the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study (all part of the University of London). Further details of their research can be found by following the links below: 

 

 

2019 CDP Student Projects at Oxford University Museums

 

The fourth round of Oxford University Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships began in October 2019, in partnership with University College London (UCL), University of Leicester and University of Warwick. Further details of their research can be found by following the links below:

 

 

2018 CDP Student Projects at Oxford University Museums

The third round of Oxford University Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships began in October 2018, in partnership with University College London and the University of Leeds. The studentships were awarded to Elaine Charwat and Susan Newell, further details of their research can be found by following the links below:

 

2017 CDP Student Projects at Oxford University Museums

The second round of Oxford University Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships began in October 2017, in partnership with the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, and Birkbeck, University of London. The studentships were awarded to Abbey Ellis, Helen Goulston and Beth Hodgett; further details of their research can be found by following the links below:

 

 

2016 CDP Student Projects at Oxford University Museums

The first round of Oxford University Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships began in October 2016, in partnership with the University of Warwick and the University of Cambridge. The studentships were awarded to George Green and Emily Roy; further details of their research can be found by following the links below: