V&A Museum – 2014 Call for Project Proposals for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

The Victoria and Albert Museum is now inviting applications for AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs). As part of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership consortium, the V&A will award four fully-funded studentships.

The V&A is Britain’s national museum of art and design, with a collection spanning two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from across the world. It was established following the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, with the radical, utilitarian and entrepreneurial aims of educating and inspiring working people. With a vast and encyclopaedic collection, significant for its historical importance as well as its contemporary excellence and relevance, the Museum remains a source of inspiration for all who share a passion, interest and enthusiasm for art and design.

The V&A actively welcomes enquiries and project proposals from UK Higher Education Institutions, and has identified six priority research areas around which studentships should be formulated:

1) New approaches to learning, display and interpretation in the field of art and design
2) Designing the future
3) Research into textiles (including projects with a practice-based component)
4) Conservation-related research
5) Collecting and curating Africa
6) Design for performance

Applications outside the priority themes may also be submitted if they can demonstrate a strong fit with other V&A priorities.

Application Procedure
We welcome project proposals from UK Higher Education Institutions, for projects to start from October 2015. The deadline for proposals for studentships to start in the 2015/2016 academic year is Friday 28 November 2014.

Copies of the proposal form and application guidance are available here.

Please send applications and any enquiries relating to the V&A’s CDP scheme to: ahrcresearch@vam.ac.uk.

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