Collaborative Doctoral Awards
Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-HEI organisations and businesses.
These awards provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside the university environment. The support provided by both a university and non-university 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-HEI 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.
The call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards proposals for studentships starting in October 2015 is now closed.
The scheme will reopen again next year and in line with the harmonised timetable for CDA/CASE awards across research councils the call will launch earlier than in previous years. We will publish the new dates here once they are confirmed and if you are planning to apply in the next round we recommend that you check this page again in spring next year.
Call guidance is updated annually however those planning a submission to the next round can use the current CDA 2015 Scheme Guidance (PDF 212KB, opens in new window) for reference.
Applicants under the current call will be advised of their outcomes by mid-January 2015.
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 CDA open call.
Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships
AHRC is seeking applications from non-HEI Organisations or consortia to become Collaborative Doctoral Partners with the AHRC to support and provide high-quality doctoral training.
The Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme was introduced in 2012, with the first cohort of studentships beginning in 2013. It is intended to give non-HEI partners with a proven track record in postgraduate research the opportunity to apply for a cohort of a minimum of three studentships per year over a three year period.
CDP awards made under this call will cover three annual allocations of studentships (October 2016, 17 and 18), and the scheme runs alongside AHRC’s annual Open Call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs).
The guidance for the CDP 2014 call for awards starting in October 2016 can now be found below.
CDP 2014 Call Scheme Guidance (PDF 130KB, opens in new window)