Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

In 2013 the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awarded the Thames Consortium, comprising the National Portrait Gallery, the National Maritime Museum and the National Archives, six Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDPs) per year for the next three years. These CDPs are intended to support doctoral research within the Thames Consortium in collaboration with various UK Higher Education Institutions. The aim of these awards is to sustain and promote high-quality research and skills within the arts and humanities sector, also providing doctoral students with opportunities to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment. Through these awards, the National Portrait Gallery and its Consortium partners are able to offer increased opportunities for interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and training. Details of the current studentships within the Consortium are below.


Doctoral Studentship to commence in October 2015

Applications are invited for the following doctoral studentship:

‘Portraiture and the British Naval Officer, c.1740–1805’

This studentship is fully-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is full-time for three years, starting in October 2015. It is tenable at the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum and the National Portrait Gallery (both of which are CDP Thames Consortium partners).

  • Principal Supervisor: Dr Sarah Monks (UEA).
  • Lead heritage organization supervisor: Christine Riding, Head of Art and Curator of The Queen’s House, (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich).
  • Second heritage organization supervisor: Dr Lucy Peltz (Curator, 18th Century Collections, National Portrait Gallery)

This PhD will be the first sustained critical study of British naval officers’ portraits between the period of Britain’s emergence as a world maritime power and that power’s consolidation at Trafalgar.

This is an opportunity to pursue an original doctoral research project within one of the highest-ranking History of Art departments in the UK (with a substantial community of scholars working on British art) whilst working closely with two national museums/galleries with renowned collections and expertise.

Applicants should hold (or expect to achieve) a Master’s degree and either a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

See the University of East Anglia website for full details including how to apply: https://www.uea.ac.uk/art-history/scholarships-and-funding/phdfunding

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Sarah Monks.
Email: s.monks@uea.ac.uk
Tel: (01603) 593768.

Closing date: 11 May 2015


Current studentships from the Thames Consortium

Started in 2014

The production, transmission and reception of engraved and photographic theatrical portraits in the mid-19th century and their contribution to the promotion of celebrity, The National Portrait Gallery, London and the University of Bristol

Started in 2013

The early National Portrait Gallery and Sir George Scharf: creating an intellectual and professional artistic world, 1770-1909, the National Portrait Gallery, London and the University of Sussex

War widows and orphans in the north of England during the 1640s and 1650s, The National Archives and the University of Leicester

Uncertainty of Damage Functions in Preventative Conservation, The National Archives & the Centre for Sustainable Heritage, Bartlett School for Graduate Studies, University College London

Patronage and the Royal Navy, 1771-1815, the National Maritime Museum and University College London

The Cultural Worlds of African Palm Oil: trade, consumption and museum collecting in Britain and Nigeria, 1850-1900, the National Maritime Museum and the University of Oxford

Imperial Thames: London, River and Empire, 1660-1830, the National Maritime Museum and Queen Mary, University of London