Collaborative Doctoral Awards with opportunities for WRoCAH funding

These PhD opportunities are no longer available.

Applications are invited from prospective PhD candidates for two collaborative doctoral awards, in connection with the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

Embedded in the research culture of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, both PhD opportunities will be eligible to apply for full funding from the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH).*

Project 1

How do ethics influence the development policies for accessing public collections which are essentially restricted by law: A case study of the Royal Armouries

This project seeks a student who will develop a critical, research and practice informed analysis of current policy and legislation that informs access to the types of collections uniquely housed by the National Museum of Arms and Armour.

The research will question current practice and look to support the development of future policy, in line with the Royal Armouries’ ambition to understand further how the Museum fulfils its public role.

The project is embedded in an 11 year programme to train future museum registrars, which is run through a partnership between the Royal Armouries, the University of Leeds and Leeds Museums and Galleries.

The successful applicant would be based at the University of Leeds and supervised by:

Project 2

ARTiculating Estates: Evaluating the impact of KS4 cross-disciplinary learning delivered by the Devonshire Educational Trust 

A Collaborative Doctoral Award based at the University of Sheffield, run in partnership with the Devonshire Educational Trust and Chatsworth House Trust.

This project will investigate the impact of cross-disciplinary learning at Key Stage 4 (14-16 years) that engages pupils in research across the Devonshire Estates and the inter-relationships between art, heritage and an outdoor setting. It will consider the country estate as a setting for alternative, cross-disciplinary modes of learning, which can deliver the advanced cognitive skills that bridge educational gaps in terms of progress in school, advancement to ‘high status universities’ and progression to creative careers in the UK.

The successful applicant would be supervised by:

How to apply

Application to both of these WRoCAH studentships involves a two stage process, please refer to each project for specific details.

Full details are available on the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities website

Stage 1

Apply for a place of study at the host university by Monday 25 November 2020.

This will include a two-page project statement that conveys the applicant’s motivation and enthusiasm for the project, and which demonstrates their suitability for the intended study. Potential candidates may then be called to interview, following which the supervisory team will choose a student with whom they will work up a funding application.

Stage 2

If invited to proceed to stage two, successful candidates will then work with the supervisory team to develop the funding application. The applications must be student-led and this is where candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate how they would intend to shape the project.

The deadline for all funding applications via the WRoCAH online application form is 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 29 January 2020.

*Important note: upon selection by the Collaborative Doctoral Awards project teams to be put forward to WRoCAH, the applicant will be considered competitively within the main WRoCAH competition. Being put forward for consideration is not a guarantee of funding.


Wyatville design for west front, Chatsworth.