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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership: 'Spaces of Femininity'

Birkbeck, University of London and English Heritage are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative Doctoral Studentship, from October 2022, under the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. This is to undertake research into the artistic production of women in country houses in the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, using English Heritage properties as case studies.

The student will be expected to spend time at both organisations, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK. The studentship can be studied either full- or part-time.

We encourage the widest range of potential students to study for this CDP studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area. Applicants should normally have a master's degree, but evidence of equivalent relevant professional experience can also be taken into consideration.

Advice for applicants

Project details

  • Project title: ‘Spaces of Femininity’: Making Art and Craft in the English Country House, c.1750-1900.
  • Start date: 1 October 2022.
  • View full project description.

Supervision

  • This project will be jointly supervised by Professor Kate Retford (History of Art Department, Birkbeck) and Dr Peter Moore (Curator of Collections and Interiors, Audley End and Wrest Park). 

Value and length of funding

  • CDP doctoral training grants fund full-time studentships for 45 months (3.75 years) or part-time equivalent. The studentship has the possibility of being extended for an additional three months to provide professional development opportunities, or up to three months of funding may be used to pay for the costs the student might incur in taking up professional development opportunities.      
  • The award will cover UK or international fees.
  • The award pays full maintenance for all students, both home and international. The UKRI National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2022/2023 is £16,062 plus London Weighting of £2,000/year. There is also a CDP maintenance payment of £550/year. Further details can be found on the UKRI website.
  • The student is eligible to receive an additional travel and related expenses grant during the course of the project courtesy of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England (on behalf of English Heritage) worth up to £1,000 per year for 3.75 years (45 months - £4,000 total).
  • The successful candidate will be eligible to participate in CDP Cohort Development events.
  • The project can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Eligibility

  • This studentship is open to both home and international applicants.
  • We want to encourage the widest range of potential students and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area. 
  • Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree. They should also have, or be shortly to receive, a master's degree in History of Art, History of Design, History or other relevant discipline. However, evidence of equivalent relevant professional experience can also be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in the heritage sector and both potential and enthusiasm for developing skills in related areas. 
  • As a collaborative award, students will be expected to spend time at both the Birkbeck and English Heritage sites. NB: All applicants must meet UKRI terms and conditions for funding

How to apply

  • Applications should be made to the MPhil/PhD History of Art course via the Birkbeck application portal.
  • The application will prompt you to confirm details of any scholarships or grants (for your proposed study at Birkbeck). Please ensure you respond with: CHASE CDA BBK/EH. If this section is not clearly marked, your application may not be picked up for assessment.
  • Supporting documents- We request the following documents from each applicant:
    • CV
    • A covering letter, including a statement outlining your eligibility for this fellowship. Please describe your strengths as an applicant and explain your interest in the project, highlighting any lines of proposed enquiry you find particularly of interest.
  • As this is a specific project, we do not require a research proposal to be submitted. Instead, please upload these two items as one complete document, entitled ‘English Heritage Application’. You may also wish to upload transcripts of relevant studies and, where appropriate, a letter from your course co-ordinator predicting your expected degree result (for those who are still to complete a current master's-level programme).
  • References
    • Please arrange for two individuals who know your academic work to upload references.
    • Referees will be automatically prompted to upload their references when you submit your application.
    • Please note that all references must be uploaded by 5pm on Monday 16 May 2022. We strongly encourage you to contact referees as early as possible to ensure they are prepared to upload their references following submission of your application. 

Closing date for applications

  • Closing date for applications: Monday 9 May 2022, 5pm.
  • Deadline for references: Monday 16 May 2022, 5pm.
  • Interview date: Tuesday 24 May 2022.

Further information