Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentships - Applications Open for 2020 Cohort
Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are doctoral studentship projects which are developed as a collaboration between a university and an organisation outside higher education. The scheme is an equivalent to the AHRC’s previous Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme which the AHRC now wishes to be supported through Doctoral Training Partnerships such as TECHNE. Please visit the UKRI and AHRC T&C's pages for eligibility. Maintenance for 2020-21 is £17,338 (this includes London Weighting of £2,000).
Please follow the instructions on each of the projects below to find out more details about the studentship and how to apply.
Please keep visiting this page, we hope to have all 7 opportunities added in full in the next 2 weeks for 2020 Cohort Applications.
Fashion at Speed: Spectacular histories of fashion, flying and motorsport from the twentieth century collections of Brooklands Museum
This fully-funded PhD explores the intersection of high speed motilities and fashion in the century of speed. Hosted jointly by Kingston University and Brooklands Museum, the successful candidate will situate items of dress from museum collections within wider histories of fashion, technology and international media spectacle using Brooklands’ extensive and unique documentary, film and photographic archives. Working at the world’s first purpose-built motor-racing circuit and one of its earliest aerodromes, the successful candidate will gainan in-depth understanding of histories of technology, fashion, media, sport, and spectacle. The project presents outstanding opportunities to apply your research insights to the future development of Brooklandsaward-winning exhibitions and educational programmes, working within a dynamic and exciting participatory learning environment.
Beginning in October 2020, the student will be supervised by Dr Chris Horrocks and Dr Helen Wickstead (Kingston University) and Virginia Smith (Director of Education and Participation, Brooklands Museum).
‘The Keats House collections: constructing Romantic lives and afterlives’
Applications are invited for a fully-funded, three-year PhD to be hosted jointly by Keats House and the Centre for Research in Romanticism at the University of Roehampton. The PhD will begin in October 2020. This is an exciting opportunity to work with an internationally famous museum which celebrates the life and works of one of Britain’s greatest poets. Situated in Hampstead, London, Keats House contains many precious artefacts including correspondence, books and portraits. Its non-displayed collections are cared for by London Metropolitan Archives, who work with the House to provide access for researchers and anyone with an interest in Keats and his circle. The aim of this project is to investigate the ways that a writer’s house and its collections can actively contribute to the cultural memory, reputation and appreciation of a canonical author. The exact topic of the PhD will be decided by the student in conjunction with supervisors, but we expect the development of the collections to provide an outstanding opportunity to put new research insights into practice through actual and virtual curation of the collections. The project provides excellent career opportunities and will provide relevant training in archives, heritage work and digitization. The student will contribute to ‘Keats200’ and the future plans of Keats House and the Keats Foundation.
The supervisory team will be Professor Ian Haywood and Dr Dustin Frazier Wood (Roehampton) and Rob Shakespeare (Director, Keats House). Further expertise will be available from London Metropolitan Archives and the Keats House team.
Expressions of interest and any other queries: please contact Professor Ian Haywood no later than 1 December 2019: I.Haywood@roehampton.ac.uk.
Black Mental Health Activists in Late Twentieth-Century Britain
will examine the role and significance of Black mental health activists in late
twentieth-century Britain. Black activists have long recognised that
psychiatric practices and biases have led to disproportionate numbers of people
from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities being diagnosed with
mental illness and detained under the Mental Health Act. Yet the literature on
mental illness and race has tended to focus on psychiatrists and the racism of
psychiatry as a discipline, rather than the ways this racism has been
experienced, negotiated, and challenged. Sociological and historical accounts
of the rise and influence of oppositional movements on psychiatry and mental
health provision from the 1960s can more fully address questions of race or
Black activism, as well as the links between antipsychiatry and the service
user movement and other oppositional political movements.
offers opportunities for a student to work with archival documents, oral
histories, and activist communities to ask new questions about the emotions and
politics that link the personal with the political, and the past with the
present. This may include questions on the ways Black mental health activists
understood activism, what constituted ‘mental health’ and for whom, and/or the
psychological impact of racism and structural violence in late
twentieth-century Britain. The use of archival and participatory research
methods will be encouraged and supported by supervisors at the University of
Roehampton and the Black Cultural Archives (BCA).
The student will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team: Dr Yolana Pringle (History) and Prof Leah Bassel (Sociology) at the University of Roehampton, and Ayshah Johnston and Hannah Ishmael at BCA. At Roehampton, the student will become part of a vibrant community being built up around the student-led Decolonising the Curriculum initiative.
The University of Westminster, CREAM and the Trustees of the Stuart Hall Foundation propose a doctoral research project that investigates the extent and depth to conceptualise and define an understanding of UK black cultural activism. In order to do so, the research will identify the gaps and limits of existing research of black cultural activism in the UK, identify to whom we might attribute work and extend what might be meant by the term. It offers the doctoral student a unique opportunity to undertake research that is informed by both the intellectual, political and cultural rigour of Stuart Hall’s legacy as an esteemed public intellectual and the internationally recognised quality of CREAM’s research by its practitioners/critics of Arts and Culture.
The research project aim is to: establish the project as a national intellectual and creative research platform for the current generation of cultural activists to develop mentoring, strategy formulation and capacity-building.
This research project builds significantly on the Stuart Hall Foundation’s black cultural activism initiative (BLK AKT MAP) to excavate and make accessible histories of black British cultural activism. The Stuart Hall Foundation’s PhD programme is run in collaboration with a range of universities including Oxford, UEL, Goldsmiths, Dortmund and Harvard. See: http://stuarthallfoundation.org/what-we-do/fellowships-and-scholarships/ .It also builds on significant academic research interest in black culture having taken place more recently including research of black music (Westminster’s Bass Culture Research) and black visual arts (UAL’s Black Artists & Modernism project).
Changing Places: Evaluating the socio-cultural impact and experiential change of the New Museum of London in Smithfield
In 2024 the Museum of London moves to West Smithfield as part of‘Culture Mile’, an initiative to createa new cultural area in the City of London. This move provides an exciting opportunity to work with the Museum of London and Brunel University London on a fully funded action-research based PhD to analyse how a new museum enters into dialogue with its surrounding neighbourhood to become, create or inform a new civic space.The exact topic of the PhD will be decided by the student in conjunction with supervisors. We expectthe proposed PhD project to draw on a mixed methods approach to interrogating how the mission, collections, programmes, public engagement activities and morphology of the new Museum of London relate spatially, symbolically and experientially to its neighbourhood - the built environment, social interactions and everyday practices of Smithfield.
This proposed interdisciplinary PhD will make an important contribution to understanding what strategies city museums should develop before and during their move to new locations in order to incorporate sympathetically existing senses of place in their design and activities. The project provides the opportunity to inform key aspects of museum planning and to develop a ‘toolkit’ to measure the spatial-symbolic-experiential transformations of Smithfield instigated by the Museum of London’s move.
The supervisory team will be Dr Monica Degen (Brunel University London) and Lauren Parker (Head of Creative Partnerships, Museum of London). We welcome applicants from a range of academic backgrounds: human geography, the arts and humanities, creative industries, museum studies, digital studies and urban sociology/anthropology.
Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Monica Degen no later than 1 December 2019 to discuss the project in more detail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please also check our eligibility criteria.
TECHNE NPIF AHRC Studentships
The National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) doctoral studentships were first offered through the UK Research Councils in 2017. TECHNE was awarded 13 studentships commencing in September 2017, and has applied for four more studentships in the area of artificial intelligence for September 2018. For details of current TECHNE NPIF students pleaseclick here.
There are currently no NPIF studentships open for applications.