Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship based at University College London, in collaboration with the History of Science Museum, University of Oxford. The successful applicant will undertake a PhD to study astronomical and mathematical instruments in the collection of the History of Science Museum in Oxford, to examine what establishes their identity as ‘Islamic’ or ‘European’ and ask whether alternative labels, groupings and contextualisation(s) might be more appropriate.

These studentships are covered by standard AHRC eligibility, rules, and guidance for research students whom they fund and support. This project will be jointly supervised by Professor Michael J. Reiss, UCL, and Dr Silke Ackermann, University of Oxford History of Science Museum, and the student will be expected to spend time at both UCL and the University of Oxford History of Science Museum, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP-funded students across the UK. It is fully funded for three years full-time (or equivalent part-time) with the option of up to six months additional funding for related professional development and will begin on 1 October 2019.

Applications must be received no later than 2 April 2019.

For more information or help applying please visit the UCL website or contact Claire Goddard at

Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Professor Michael J. Reiss at

For any other information please contact Dr Harriet Warburton, Oxford University Museums Research Facilitator at

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About the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

The Oxford University Museums AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) began in 2016. It offers up to three fully-funded doctoral studentships per year. It involves the Ashmolean, the History of Science Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Each CDP studentship is jointly supervised between one or more of the Oxford University Museums and academics from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI). Studentships can be based at any UK HEI apart from Oxford University.

The Collaborative Doctoral Studentships help us to develop new perspectives on our collections. This lets us share knowledge with a wider range of audiences while training a new generation of scholars who will work between the academic and heritage sectors.

Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships