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Science Museum Group Collaborative Doctoral Awards

The Science Museum Group / BT Archives have announced that applications are open for the third round of AHRC Collaborative Doctoral studentships with a deadline of 28th November 2014.

Priority Areas for 2015 Awards are:


• How visitors understand historic scientific and technological objects, including live, participatory and/or digital engagement techniques, public history

• Direct engagement between scientists and the public

Science Museum:

• Science and Technology in India, especially post-Partition

• Linking music and science / technology in post-Enlightenment culture.

• Timekeeping, measurement and other instruments

• The material culture of the history of medicine

National Media Museum:

• Science, technology and art of photography, cinematography and TV, 19th & 20thc.

• The Daily Herald and newspaper photographic practice

• The practical and conceptual challenges and implications of new digital technologies for the creation of, storing, sharing and viewing of the still and moving image.

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester:

• International markets and consumption of Manchester

/north west products

• Social impacts of Manchester technologies and manufacturing

• Scientific, technological and industrial research, innovation and diversification into new markets in twentieth century Manchester

National Railway Museum:

•Railways and Modernism: how the railways influenced, and were influenced by, the development of Modernism in the early 20th century

• High Speed Trains: the technological, social and economic history of high speed trains from the Shinkansen to HS2

• Britain’s railways since privatisation

• The ‘prehistory’ of railways

Full details and an application form can be downloaded here:


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:

PhD Funding Opportunity in Visual Culture at Durham

Newby Trust-Durham University Studentships for 2014 Entry

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University is inviting applications for TWO doctoral studentships for 2014 entry (starting October 2014). These awards are administered by Durham University and are offered thanks to support of the Newby Trust Ltd.

The studentships cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate (£3,900), a maintenance award of £13,726, and a small research travel fund. Studentships will be awarded initially for the first year of study, with the possibility of renewal for up to two further years, subject to receipt of good progress reports. All applications in fields for which we can provide expertise supervision will be considered, but we particularly welcome high-calibre applications in these three areas:

– The scientific humanities:research at the intersection between the ‘two cultures’ of the arts and sciences. This is supported in Durham by the Centre for Medical Humanities and the newly founded Centre for Humanities Innovation.

– Primary texts and the modes of their production, transmission and reception. Durham provides a unique research environment for doctoral students wishing to work in this important field, with a wide range of world-class expertise in textual scholarship and the conservation and exhibition facilities at Palace Green.

Visual culture: in particular research on the Sacred, Environments, and the Visual Construction of Knowledge. The recently launched Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures supports the well-established interdisciplinary research on this area across a number of disciplines at Durham.

Candidates should apply via the University’s on-line application system ( and state that they wish to be considered for a Newby Trust doctoral studentship. The deadline is 5PM, Friday 30 May 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have already submitted a PhD application or have already applied for other funding schemes at Durham earlier this year, please send an email to Ms Lucy Cawson ( by the deadline stating that you wish to be considered for a Newby doctoral studentship.

As well as the standard Durham online application for postgraduate admission, applicants should upload the following documentation:

– An up-to-date CV highlighting academic and (if relevant) professional achievements.

– A 750-word case for support (PhD proposal including details of how the project fits proposed supervisory team, the School and its research environment

– Transcript of marks of BA degree or equivalent and MA if completed (if in progress please include an official list of results achieved to date issued by your university).

NB: Named referees should submit their letters by email ( by the deadline of 5PM on Friday 30 May 2014 at the latest.