Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses.
These awards provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside an academic environment. The support provided by both an academic and non-academic supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.
The studentships also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.
The AHRC are keen to see innovative applications that build diverse relationships with the non-academic sectors. There have been many CDA awards made for collaborations with larger museums and organisations however the AHRC would like to encourage further proposals to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups.
Any topic within the AHRC’s subject domain is eligible. Selection of successful applications will not be subject to quota systems and there are no priority areas, however, PhD proposals which address AHRC’s research themes are encouraged.
Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP)
In addition to the existing Open call the AHRC has now made awards for Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP). Through this route Non-HEI Organisations with a strong track record in the CDA scheme, are allocated a cohort of CDA studentships for the next three academic years for which they will then be able to nominate projects with academic partners. The AHRC have made 55 studentships per year available through this route with the intention of giving partners greater autonomy and the ability to develop strong programmes of PhD study.
Applications prepared in collaboration with Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award holders should be submitted directly to the partner organisation as they will not be eligible to the open call.
The following attachment shows the organisations successful in gaining a CDP award, the number of studentships they have been allocated in their annual cohort and contact details for enquires.
Download outcomes with Contact Details (PDF 69kb) (opens in a new window)
The call for applications for Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships has now closed, a list of successful award holders can be found below.
Collaborative Doctoral Awards 2013
Download outcomes from the ninth round of CDA- 2013 (PDF 74kb) (opens in a new window)
Projects funded in previous rounds of the Collaborative Doctoral Awards
Download outcomes from the eighth round of CDA- 2012 (PDF 88kb) (opens in a new window)
Download outcomes from the seventh round of CDA- 2011 (PDF 103kb) (opens in a new window)
Download outcomes from the sixth round of CDA- 2010 (PDF 142kb) (opens in a new window)
Download outcomes from the fifth round of CDA- 2009 (PDF 94kb) (opens in a new window)
Download outcomes from the fourth round of CDA- 2008 (PDF 19kb) (opens in a new window)
Download outcomes from the third round of CDA- 2007 (PDF 26kb) (opens in a new window)
Download outcomes from the second round of CDA- 2006 (PDF 26kb) (opens in a new window)
Download outcomes from the first round of CDA- 2005 (PDF 28kb) (opens in a new window)
Research Training Framework
In 2004 the AHRC introduced a framework of research training requirements for its doctoral award holders.
Student Funding Guide (PDF 523kb) (opens in a new window)
Guide lines for Use of Research Training Support Grant (PDF 78kb) (opens in a new window)
Postgraduate Funding Opportunities FAQs (PDF 78kb) (opens in a new window)