Doctoral research is an important part of our collections and subject research. We have a strong track record in developing and co-supervising collaborative doctoral projects. We work with a wide range of UK universities.

Propose a collaborative doctoral project with us

  • Only university academics (not students) can apply to propose a project with us
  • Each summer we issue a Call for Expressions of Interests (EoIs)
  • Each autumn we invite full applications, based on the EoIs which are of interest to us
  • The deadline for applications is usually in late November
  • An external panel assesses the applications in January
  • We recruit students in the Spring

For more information on this year’s process contact

Apply to be the student on a collaborative doctoral project with us

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Our previous collaborative doctoral projects

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds our projects. They have awarded us 34 collaborative doctoral studentships over the past 12 years.
  • So far, 23 of our 34 collaborative doctoral students have completed their doctorates.
  • Our doctoral alumni have gone on to careers in the museum world, academia, the arts and media.

Since 2013 we have been part of the 'Thames Consortium’, which holds an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (‘CDP’). Our consortium partners are:

  • National Portrait Gallery
  • The National Archives

The Thames Consortium receives a set number of CDP studentship awards per year.

The aim of the CDP award is to:

  • promote high-quality research and skills within the arts and humanities sector
  • provide doctoral students with working in the cultural sector outside an academic environment
  • enables us to increase interdisciplinary research on our collections

Our students play an active part in our museum community. They contribute to:

  • seminars
  • our Collections blog
  • public engagement events

Collaborative Doctoral Award Students and their projects

  • Emily Akkermans
    • co-supervised with University of Edinburgh
    • Chronometry and Chronometers on British Voyages of Exploration, c.1815–c.1872
  • Jack Avery
    • co-supervised with The National Archives and University of Bristol
    • Satire, news and topical reading during the second and third Anglo-Dutch Wars, 1665–1675
  • Julia Binter
    • co-supervised with University of Oxford
    • The cultural worlds of African palm oil: trade, consumption and museum collecting in Britain and Nigeria, 1850-1900
  • Jenny Bulstrode
    • co-supervised with University of Cambridge
    • Instrumentation and the Magnetic Crusade
  • Callum Easton
    • co-supervised with University of Cambridge
    • The 1797 naval mutinies at Spithead and the Nore
  • Katherine Gazzard
    • co-supervised with National Portrait Gallery and University of  East Anglia
    • Portraiture and the British Naval Officer, c.1740–1805
  • Emma Hill
    • co-supervised with University of Kent
    • The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and its networks of support and influence, 1675–1742
  • Erika Jones
    • co-supervised with University  College London
    • Making the Oceans Visible: Science and Technology on the Challenger Expedition (1872–1876)
  • Carrie Long
    • co-supervised with The National Archives and University of Durham
    • "Yours Obediently, Sincerely and Humbly"? The social agency of petitioning, c. 1789–1860
  • Anna McKay
    • co-supervised with University of Leicester
    • The History of British Prison Hulks, 1776–1864
  • Maya Wassell Smith
    • co-supervised with University of Cardiff
    • Sailor Art: Maritime Making in the Long Nineteenth Century

Research at Royal Museums Greenwich

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