Now Open: Doctoral Placement applications

June 26, 2024

To provide opportunities for early-career training for PhD students, the V&A has made available a range of doctoral placements based in collections departments, archives, the National Art Library, research, and collections care and access.

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Each placement is a discrete project designed by members of V&A staff (who will also act as the placement’s supervisor), involving collaborative as well as independent research. The successful applicants will contribute to live research projects and existing priorities, and their outputs and value to the Museum will be varied; projects may lead to new insights into our collections and archives, influence our policies and procedures, and contribute to public engagement and/or support funded projects.

In addition to the on-the-job experience of each placement and mentoring from supervisors, doctoral placement students will have access to the V&A’s wider range of workshops, talks and postgraduate training events/opportunities, alongside a bespoke training package designed for the placement student cohort.

V&A Doctoral Placements are only open to students currently studying on a funded PhD.

We are delighted to offer the following opportunities for projects to start in Autumn 2024:

Applications must be submitted online through the V&A Vacancies webpage. The closing date for applications is 1 July 2024. For any questions, please contact me, Oliver Cox (Head of Academic Partnerships) at

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