LAHP AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentships

University College London

LAHP has two fully-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award studentships available:

  • Delivering Digital Data: Humanities Data Practices in collaboration with The National Archives and UCL’s Department of Information Studies.
  • Early Modern Knowledge Networks: Dr Williams’s French Books in collaboration with Dr Williams’s Library. 

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral studentship projects to work in collaboration with an organisation outside higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships and to provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment. They enhance the employment-related skills and training available to the research student during the course of the award. Collaborative Doctoral Awards are not only a route into academia but also provide hands-on work experience in the cultural sector and transferrable skills.

The AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) brings together three leading British research universities: King’s College London (King’s), the School of Advanced Study (SAS) and University College London (UCL). The studentship includes a stipend at current Research Council UK rates of £16,553 per annum (plus fees at home/EU rates) for three and half years. The awarded candidate will also be entitled to a £550 per annum stipend top-up. As a LAHP student, the successful candidate will have full access to the LAHP Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking opportunities, joining a cohort of about 80 students per year. Studentships can be either full or part-time.

Delivering Digital Data: Humanities Data Practices

Applications are invited for a LAHP AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at The National Archives and University College London’s Department of Information Studies. This fully-funded studentship will commence in October 2018.

In this new and emerging environment, where data is becoming more ubiquitous and the repositories holding it are proliferating more than ever before, the traditional skills of the curator (trusted stewardship and preservation, selection and interpretation) take on a new significance at the same time as they face challenge and change. This study seeks to map out existing and evolving Humanities data practices with particular emphasis on the changing relationship this implies between researchers and curators. It defines data practices as broadly as possible, including for example;

  • Mechanisms and procedures for gaining access to existing data sets through portals such as the UK Data Archive, the Administrative Data Research Centres, as well as through individual contacts and informal mechanisms.
  • The nature of data sets in use by or created by scholars in the Humanities with regards to size, format etc.
  • The creation of bespoke code and scripts to manipulate and analyse data sets
  • The preservation and provision of access to data sets and the quality of information facilitating their reuse.

The mapping exercise will inform a work stream involving data delivery services desired by Humanities scholars in respect of those data sets held by The National Archives.

For full project details, please see the LAHP website.

Early Modern Knowledge Networks: Dr Williams’s French Books 

Applications are invited for a Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship, to be undertaken at Dr Williams's Library and LAHP to work on French material in Dr Williams's Library collection. This fully-funded studentship will commence in October 2018.  Supervisors will be drawn as appropriate from departments of the LAHP consortium (King’s College London, the School of Advanced Study and University College London); secondary supervision may be appropriate from History of the Book specialists.

The library of the Protestant dissenter Dr Daniel Williams (c. 1643-1716) features a substantial number of books and other material deriving from France, Spain and Italy, mostly relating to the early modern period. A catalogue published in 1727 indicates approximately 1,900 French books (books written in French and/or books with a French imprint often in Latin), with a wide variety of subjects including the Americas, European travel, philosophy, aesthetics and theology. There is some existing research, including by Dr Barry Taylor of the British Library, on the Spanish and Italian elements of the collection, but none on the French material. 

The aim of the collaborative PhD is to produce a digital catalogue of the French material in Dr Williams’s library through comparison of the 1727 printed catalogue with the books themselves and other catalogued versions, with details where possible of provenance, annotations, ownership, binding etc.

Dr Williams’s library will provide training in bibliographic, cataloguing methods and descriptions of historic bookbinding. The post holder will need reading fluency in French and ideally Spanish or Italian, and previous qualifications in Modern Languages. Further language training may be provided via LAHP as required.

The collaborative PhD is an outstanding opportunity for a postgraduate research project which will be of lasting benefit in terms of the production of a research resource and scholarship on the material itself, which will enhance the profile of modern language knowledge, transmission and learning in the early modern period and beyond.  

For full project details, please see the LAHP website.


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, and a Masters-level qualification or equivalent which meets AHRC requirements for research training. Applicants with relevant work/professional experience who are considering doing a PhD are also encouraged to apply.

To apply please send:

  • a completed LAHP Collaborative Doctoral Award Application Form (see below)
  • a one-page Expression of Interest. The Expression of Interest should outline your research interests and your career to date and explain what you think you will bring to a collaborative project of this nature, and what you think you will gain from it.
  • a copy of your CV
  • copies of transcripts for all relevant degrees
  • 2 academic references, or 1 academic and 1 professional reference

These items must be submitted via email to by 26 January 2018, 17:00 GMT 

Closing Date: 26 January 2018

For full project details and how to apply, please see the LAHP website.

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