Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded three studentships per year for three years (2016-2019) under its Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme to The Thames Consortium, comprised of The National Archives, The National Maritime Museum and The National Portrait Gallery.

Maintaining the skills base in the arts and humanities is vital, and these studentships provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and training. We are pleased to be involved in the Thames Consortium, and delighted to be able to give students access to a museum, an art gallery and an archive through which to explore their themes.

CDP studentships are offered by organisations working in partnership with Higher Education institutions. Read more about the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Consortium.

Interdisciplinary research can greatly enhance the value of a project. We particularly encourage applications which propose to work across the collections of more than one of the Thames Consortium's constituent institutions. We also welcome applications that are interdisciplinary. For example, technical history can reveal information about an object's making, materials or intentions, and add to or even help interpret documentary or object-based evidence.

CDP Research Priorities for 2016-17

  • Maritime exploration
  • Photographs
  • Portraiture
  • Conservation issues and practice
  • Slavery and abolition
  • Empire
  • Archival/ information studies topics
  • Museology/visitor experience subjects
  • Costume/uniforms/dress/gender
  • High Court of Admiralty prize jurisdiction in the long eighteenth century
  • First World War
  • Social history of the Anglo-Dutch Wars in the seventeenth century

How to apply

Please contact us to discuss a potential topic for collaboration by emailing Please provide a brief overview of your proposed subject (max 300 words). Details of the research interests of the Gallery Staff can be found here. If the proposal is supported, we will ask University partners to complete an application form using the guidance document. The final deadline for applications is 27 November 2015.

View other CDP studentships available through the scheme.  

Current studentships at the National Portrait Gallery

Started in 2015:

Radical Portraiture 1789-1815, the National Portrait Gallery, London and Queen Mary, University of London

Portraiture and the British Naval Officer, c.1740-1805
, the National Maritime Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the University of East Anglia

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