Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

The V&A awards up to five new studentships a year to support doctoral study at UK Universities, funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme.

Since 2005 the V&A has worked with UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Awards, working on a wide range of doctoral projects. As part of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) consortium, which began in 2014, we have been able to award a number of fully funded PhD studentships per year, each of which is jointly supervised by specialists at the V&A and a university. The HEI administers the studentship, receiving funds from the AHRC for fees and maintenance. The Museum provides additional financial support to the student towards travel and related costs. The programme is helping us to produce a new generation of scholars working between the academic and heritage sectors and we are proud to host a thriving postgraduate community.

Further details on the CDP and CDA schemes are available from the AHRC and CDP Consortium websites.

Call for applications now open

We are currently accepting applications from HEIs who wish to develop a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership project with the V&A, starting in the 2017 – 18 academic year.

We can accept CDP applications on any topic, provided that the proposed project is of high quality, is appropriate for collaborative study at doctoral level, and is relevant to both the AHRC subject areas and the V&A’s holdings. Studentship projects must be jointly proposed by a member of staff at the V&A and a colleague from a UK HEI. Students cannot submit proposals for projects, though supervisors can submit applications with a nominated student: those interested in following this route should consult the application guidance for further information.

Completed forms must be submitted to by 25th November 2016 in order to be considered. Please refer to the following guidance when preparing your application:

Please address any enquiries relating to the V&A’s CDP scheme to:

Information for prospective PhD students

Successful studentship projects for 2017 – 18 will be advertised in early 2017, with details on topics and application procedures available on the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership consortium webpage.

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