Collaborative doctoral awards

Collaborative awards encourage and develop collaboration between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), such as Birkbeck, and non-academic bodies, and enhance the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.

Which organisations can take part in the scheme?

  • Collaborations are encouraged between HEIs and organisations of any size. Non-academic partners:
    • must be UK-based
    • may be in the private, public or voluntary sectors
    • are usually industrial, business, commercial, public or government organisations

Which subjects can be researched?

  • A research proposal must fall within the AHRC’s subject domain.
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
    • Visual Arts and Media: practice, history and theory
    • English Language and Literature
    • Medieval and Modern History
    • Modern Languages and Linguistics
    • Librarianship, Information and Museum Studies
    • Music and Performing Arts
    • Philosophy, Law and Religious Studies

What is the role of the non-academic organisation?

  • Supervision is the joint responsibility of the HEI department and the partner body. The non-academic partner would:
    • Make a contribution to the student’s maintenance in addition to the grant they receive from AHRC.
    • Make a contribution to the HEI department to cover the cost of any extra resources or materials that are needed. This could be an ‘in-kind’ contribution of time or access to resources.

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