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Information for prospective students

As a prospective student, you have two routes to applying for a Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship.

  1. If you have an idea for a project, do consider reaching out to a potential academic supervisor (at your own institution or elsewhere) to discuss funding opportunities and whether they might be available to supervise you. You can also check the websites of Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDPs), like the one we are part of via the Science Museums and Archives Consortium, and of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), like Techne or Northern Bridge, for current opportunities. Do bear in mind that Collaborative Doctoral Awards are expected to have a substantive focus on the collections and/or activities of the partner non-academic institution, and to contribute in some way to the institution's goals. You may also find our general guidance on choosing a PhD helpful.
  2. You can apply to advertised CDA studentships when these are available. These will have been developed by the prospective supervisors and funding obtained. As well as checking this page regularly for opportunities, do check the websites of other partner organisations, CDPs, and DTPs.

We will advertise any current funded CDA studentships with the RGS-IBG here when they are open for applications.