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Collaborative Research Opportunities

We take a strategic approach to our relationship with Research Councils and the Higher Education Sector by engaging in a number of collaborative research partnerships with Universities. Here you can find out about the partnership opportunities that are currently available. You can also find out more about our Research Strategy and Agenda.

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Call for Proposals

Historic England and English Heritage hold a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Through this we have offered three 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 starting in October 2018.

See our CDP Research Areas for the Call for Proposals and download the proposal form and guidance .

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

You can also find out more about our Research Strategy and Agenda.

Postgraduate Research & Skills

As well as our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme we are a partner with a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and similar postgraduate research consortia across the country. These are made up of consortiums of Universities with a range of partners in the cultural and heritage sectors. 

Find out more about our current DTP partners and priorities for collaborative postgraduate research.


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Phil Pollard
Phil Pollard

Postgraduate Research & Skills Officer

Research Group