Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded three studentships per year for three years (2016-2019) under its Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme to The Thames Consortium, comprised of The National Archives, The National Maritime Museum and The National Portrait Gallery.

Maintaining the skills base in the arts and humanities is vital, and these studentships provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and training. We are pleased to be involved in the Thames Consortium, and delighted to be able to give students access to a museum, an art gallery and an archive through which to explore their themes.

CDP studentships are offered by organisations working in partnership with Higher Education institutions.

Read more about the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Consortium

Interdisciplinary research can greatly enhance the value of a project. We particularly encourage applications which propose to work across the collections of more than one of the Thames Consortium's constituent institutions. We also welcome applications that are interdisciplinary. For example, technical history can reveal information about an object's making, materials or intentions, and add to or even help interpret documentary or object-based evidence.

CDP Research Priorities for 2016-17

  • Maritime exploration
  • Photographs
  • Portraiture
  • Conservation issues and practice
  • Slavery and abolition
  • Empire
  • Archival/ information studies topics
  • Museology/visitor experience subjects
  • Costume/uniforms/dress/gender
  • High Court of Admiralty prize jurisdiction in the long eighteenth century
  • First World War
  • Social history of the Anglo-Dutch Wars in the seventeenth century

How to apply

Please contact the research team to discuss a potential topic for collaboration by emailing

If the proposal is supported, we will ask University partners to complete an application form using the guidance document.

The deadline for applications is 27 November 2015.

View other CDP studentships available through the scheme