2020 Collaborative Doctoral Studentships open for applications

Four Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) fully-funded Collaborative Doctoral Studentships to undertake work in partnership with the Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums are now open for applications. The deadlines are below. All studentships should begin on 1 October 2020. We want to encourage the widest range of potential students to study for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply for our studentships (subject to standard AHRC eligibility requirements).

Oxford's AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership began in 2016 and offers three or four fully funded doctoral studentships each year. From 2020, the scheme now 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 gardens, libraries and museums and academics from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI). The partner HEI administers the studentship, receiving funds from the 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 provides 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. 

The Duchess of Botany: Mary Somerset, Jacob Bobart, and the Formation of the Oxford Botanic Garden

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in partnership with the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum (OBGA).
Supervised by Professor Simon Hiscock (OBGA) and Dr Richard Coulton (QMUL).
For full details of the studentship, including further particulars and how to apply, visit the QMUL Collaborative Doctoral Partnership webpage.
Application deadline: Wednesday 11 March 2020 by 5pm GMT

Biocultural knowledge, power and poetics in South American featherwork

Birkbeck, University of London in partnership with the University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum.
Supervised by Dr Laura Van Broekhoven (Pitt Rivers Museum) and Professor Luciana Martins (Birkbeck, University of London). 
Application deadline: extended until Friday 20 March 2020 by midnight GMT 

Creating the first Europeans

The University of Bristol (Department of Classics and Ancient History) and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford (Department of Antiquities).
Supervised by Professor Nicoletta Momigliano (University of Bristol) and Dr Andrew Shapland (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).
Application deadline: Monday 30 March 2020 by midday BST

Early Modern Copper Plates at the Bodleian Libraries

Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London) and the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.
Supervised by Dr Elizabeth Savage (School of Advanced Study) and Dr Alexandra Franklin (Bodleian). 
A full description of the project objectives and application process is available in the Further Particulars on the Institute of English Studies Collaborative Doctoral Partnership webpage.
Application deadline: Thursday 16 April 2020 by 5pm BST