For the last 15 years, supported by the AHRC, the Society has hosted PhD students working collaboratively on the Collections. Currently, this is supported through the Science Museums and Archives Consortium (SMAC) (along with the Science Museum Group Museums, BT Archives, the Royal Society, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew). All projects involve a collaboration between a university-based researcher and the staff and (archive) materials at one of the CDP consortium institutions. We also partner with other Doctoral Training Partnerships.
At the Society, we are keen to encourage proposals for PhD projects within the remit of AHRC that relate to the Society’s Collections, current strategy, opportunities afforded by the Wiley Digital Archives digitisation project, and engagement with new audiences. We encourage any prospective applicants to look at the projects currently supported and earlier Collections-based projects including Crossing Continents and Hidden Histories of Exploration.
The next round of funding available via SMAC is currently expected to open in autumn 2023, for projects starting in autumn 2024.
We are also actively exploring other funding routes for Collaborative Doctoral Awards, including through Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) with prospective supervisors. Please contact Dr Sarah Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss potential applications.