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Funded PhD Opportunities

Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Funding competitions includes opportunities for PhD students to work with partner organisations, which are not higher education institutions, but are, for instance, museums, galleries, archives, heritage organisations, businesses, or charities.

Anyone interested in developing a Collaborative Doctoral Award partnership should contact the Director of Postgraduate Research, Prof. Graeme Small.

Student-led applications are submitted in January, as part of the standard PhD application process.

Supervisor-led Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships have, in the past, included partnerships with Tyneside Cinema, the Bowes Museum, and Blackfriars Restaurant.

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Click below to learn more about our current and forthcoming PhD projects

Current Opportunities

This page contains information about our projects that are still open to applications
A young man stands in formal wear

Constitution-making in Sudan

This doctoral research project looks at previous moments of possible change in Sudan, and why these ultimately failed
Globe of Africa

Nostalgia and the Transformation of Working-Class Heritage

This project aims to develop stories that resituate sites of working-class heritage in global and colonial contexts
Easington Colliery

The Transmission of Taste

This project examines medieval English recipe collections during a crucial period in their evolution, looking at evidence for changes in taste
A group of people watch and smile as a man chops food

Making Chocolate in the British Atlantic World: Foodways, Consumption, and Heritage

This PhD studentship explores early modern chocolate between the late sixteenth and eighteenth centuries
A cocoa tree and roasting hut

Oral History, the British Cultural Imaginary, and the Lives of the SOE’s Amateur Agents

This studentship will research how the wartime SOE service of selected officers and agents shaped their later lives, and how such careers influenced post-war Britain
The audience at a demolition class at Milton Hall in 1944

The Growth and Decline of North-East Jewish Communities, 1881-2000

This project explores why the Jewish communities of the North East, which grew rapidly in the period after 1881, declined dramatically in the later twentieth century
Person reading Torah

A Woman's Work: Photographic Histories of Northeast England Through the Lens of Daisy Edis and the J.R. Edis Studio

This project uses the work of Daisy Edis (1888-1964) and the J.R. Edis Studio to interrogate histories of photography in Durham
A row of buildings in Beamish museum