Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme

The National Gallery offers studentships in partnership with higher education institutions, to enable students to study for a PhD at a UK university. These studentships are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme.

The studentships focus on specific themes relevant to the Gallery's collection and wider research themes. For examples of our current doctoral studentships, see the Gallery's research partnerships. For more general information, find out about the scope of National Gallery research and its four research themes

Each studentship will be jointly supervised by a member of the Gallery's staff and an academic from a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI), as with the existing Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) scheme. The HEI administers the studentship, receiving funds from the AHRC for fees and to cover the student’s maintenance. The Gallery provides additional financial support to cover travel and related costs in carrying out research.

More information about Collaborative Doctoral Awards is available on the AHRC website [External link]

Further details

Information for universities

Proposals for new studentships are developed by Gallery staff, together with a named university partner and are chosen on their academic strengths and clear support for the Gallery’s research objectives. The deadline for applications for the next round of projects will be published here when available.  

For more information about partnering with the National Gallery, advice on potential internal collaborators and guidance for applications contact Marika Spring,

University academics interested in supervising a Collaborative Doctorate are invited to the Open House meetings. Details of the next meetings will be published here when available.

Information for students

Studentships starting in September 2014 are now being advertised. Please follow the links below for details on how to apply:

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship with the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London: The collection, display and reception of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Sienese paintings in Britain, 1850-1950 [External link]

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship with the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England: 2.5D and 3D image capture and print in the cultural heritage field: evaluation of current and developing technologies, potential applications and practical workflows [External link]

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