AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership: Studentship applications now open

Tuesday 25 February 2020

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership training grant: ‘Early Modern Copper Plates at the Bodleian Libraries’

The Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London) and the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded doctoral grant from October 2020.

This studentship is funded for 3 years and 9 months (45 months) full time or part-time equivalent (with the possibility of extension for training for professional development opportunities).

Research will examine the origins and curatorial history of engraved and etched copper plates within the Bodleian’s collections, addressing historical and contemporary questions raised by the preservation of these three-dimensional printing matrices within a special collections library. The focus will be on 750 engraved and etched copper plates from the 17th and 18th centuries, part of the major collection of medieval manuscripts, books, and other antiquarian material bequeathed by Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755). The Rawlinson copper plates are part of a larger group of over 2000 intaglio printing plates preserved in the Bodleian Libraries.

A full description of the project objectives and application process is available in the Further Particulars.


This doctoral training grant is funded through the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme. Collaboration between a Higher Education Institution and a museum, library, archive, or heritage organisation is the essential feature of these doctoral training grants. The doctoral training grant is fully funded (living stipend and tuition fees) at UKRI rates and is subject to standard AHRC eligibility, rules, and guidance for the research students whom they fund and support. AHRC’s minimum stipend rate and indicative fees rate for 2020/21 are detailed on the UKRI website. This studentship also offers generous research expenses (including support for travel between the School of Advanced Studies in London and Bodleian Libraries in Oxford), specialist training, and access to shared working space at both institutions.

CDP doctoral training grants fund full-time studentships for 45 months (or part-time equivalent). The studentship has the possibility of being extended for an additional 3 months to provide professional development opportunities, or up to 3 months of funding may be used to pay for the costs the student might incur in taking up professional development opportunities.

This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Elizabeth Savage (SAS) and Dr Alexandra Franklin (Bodleian). The student will be expected to spend time at both University of London and the Bodleian, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK. The award holder will be appropriately embedded for a period within the Department of Special Collections at the Bodleian Libraries.

Applicants may come from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (e.g. archive and information studies, art history, book history, conservation or conservation science, heritage studies, history of collections, intellectual history, librarianship, literary or cultural studies, museum studies, or print history). Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Elizabeth Savage (Elizabeth Savage Elizabeth.Savage@sas.ac.uk) and Dr Alexandra Franklin (Alexandra.franklin@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) before preparing an application.

The successful candidate will commence their PhD in October 2020. They will hold their doctoral training grant in the School of Advanced Study in London, and will work in partnership with Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford.

Application deadline: 5pm on Thursday 16 April 2020

Interview date: Thursday 30 April 2020 (via Skype)