Collaborative Research Opportunities
Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP)
Historic England and English Heritage hold a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Through this we have offered 3 Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) studentships each year from 2013
Call for Proposals
We are currently seeking proposals for CDA studentship projects from university academics in partnership with a member of Historic England or English Heritage staff.
These studentship projects must match one of the CDP Research Areas we have identified and if successful will be for studentships commencing in October 2018.
Available PhD studentships
Optimisation of Environmental Control in Museum Collections of Bone and Ivory
AHRC fully funded three-year doctoral grant 2017-20, aiming to develop optimum environmental conditions for safe display and storage of museum collections of bone and ivory on the basis of improved damage assessment procedures. The studentship is co-supervised between the Birkbeck College and English Heritage.
Find out more about the studentship.
You can find details of other cultural and heritage organisations who hold a CDP with the AHRC, including their latest studentship opportunities, on the CDP Consortium website.
Independent Research Organisation status
In 2017 Historic England, jointly with the English Heritage Trust, became an Independent Research Organisation of the UK Research Councils.
This means that we are now eligible to apply (individually or jointly) for funding from all seven Research Councils. See the Research Councils UK website for more information.
Each year these Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the arts and humanities to social sciences, economics, biological and environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, medicine and engineering. Given the wide span of our historic environment research, we see potential advantages across many of these disciplines and believe that our new status will be an important contribution to our wider efforts to broaden our sources of corporate funding.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have recently launched a new report outlining the scope and range of Independent Research Organisation (IRO) research they have funded over the past 10 years, as well as examining IRO research funding for the decade ahead. This can be downloaded from the AHRC website, which also provides some examples of research from other IROs. As an IRO Historic England (and English Heritage) are members of IROC - the Independent Research Organisation Consortium for the arts and humanities.
If you’d like to contact us about research in relation to Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find out more about our Research Strategy and Agenda.
Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)
We are a heritage partner with a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) across the country. These are made up of consortiums of Universities with a range of partners in the cultural and heritage sectors.
Centres for Doctoral Training
We are a heritage partner of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), a collaboration between University College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Please see the SEAHA website for details of current opportunities.
Postgraduate Research & Skills Officer
Also of interest...
The Research Strategy and Agenda for Historic England