How to apply

The deadline for applications for studentships to start in October 2019 will be 5pm on Friday 23 November 2018.

Supported by

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The British Museum has seven fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral studentships to allocate each year.

Proposals for new studentships are made jointly by a member of Museum staff and a member of academic staff at a UK University. The deadline for proposals is at the end of November for studentships to start in October of the following year. The scheme does not allow for applications directly from potential students.

The Museum welcomes proposals to examine, or use as a starting point, any of the objects or art works in our collection from any disciplinary perspective. Proposals which aim to develop new methods of presenting, examining or caring for the collection are also welcome.

Applications are assessed by a panel with members drawn from universities and other cultural heritage organisations as well as the British Museum. The successful studentships are selected on their academic strengths and clear support for the Museum’s objectives.

The studentships are then advertised in the spring by the University partner to recruit the right student.



Guidance for completing the application form

Application forms need to be returned to Julie Adams by the deadline, via email:

If you are interested in discussing an idea for a proposal, or to explore what ideas we may have please contact the research student coordinator, Julie Adams (, or a relevant curator, scientist or other member of Museum staff to discuss ideas.

Further information about Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentships is available on the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships website.