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AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship with the Foundling Museum, London, 'Concerts, commerce and charity in 18th-century London'

Royal Holloway, University of London - Music Department

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,777 annual stipend, tuition fees, research expenses
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 26th October 2018
Closes: 28th November 2018

Funding for: UK students, EU students (subject to residency requirements)

Funding amount: Tuition fees, annual stipend (£16,777 in 2018/19 plus an additional £550), research expenses

Hours: Full time

Closing date: 28 November 2018

Applications are invited for an AHRC collaborative PhD studentship, held at the Music Department of Royal Holloway, University of London, and The Foundling Museum, London, on the theme 'Concerts, commerce and charity in 18th-century London'. The studentship, funded by the technē AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, commences in autumn 2019.

The project will focus on materials in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, an internationally important collection of manuscripts and printed material documenting London concert and theatre life in the 18th century. It will be co-supervised by Stephen Rose (Music Department, Royal Holloway) and Katharine Hogg (Librarian, Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum). The successful candidate will combine doctoral research in music with first-hand experience of work (including cataloguing, conservation and public engagement) in a museum and its library.

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Application process

The residency requirements for this studentship can be found in Annex 1 of the Research Council Training Grant Guide.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in Music or a related subject (minimum 2.i) and should hold a Masters qualification by the start of the studentship in September 2019 or have equivalent professional experience. Candidates must apply online to Royal Holloway via . Please specify ‘technē collaborative studentship with Foundling Museum’ as your source of financial support. Please also upload: 

  • a research proposal explaining how you would address the topic ‘Concerts, commerce and charity’  (max. 1000 words)
  • a personal statement explaining how your experience, skills and interests suit this studentship (max. 500 words)
  • sample of academic writing (one or two essays totalling 4000–8000 words)

The chosen candidate will be invited to complete an application form for technē funding in late January 2019, and the studentship is subject to final approval by the technē board in April 2019.


The deadline for receipt of applications (including two references) is Wednesday 28th November 2018. Interviews will be held in central London on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

Informal enquiries to Stephen Rose ( or Katharine Hogg (

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