CDP students outside the museum, October 2016

IWM supervises several Collaborative Doctoral Award students who are researching their PhDs through the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships Scheme. 

CDAs are supervised by a member of staff at IWM and an academic at a UK university. The projects offer the possibility for students to combine academic work leading to a doctorate with the acquisition of practical skills and work experience outside the university context.


Current opportunities

IWM are delighted to invite HEI proposals to co-supervise on proposed topics for the next round of AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD studentships, to begin in October 2020 (pending approval). The deadline for completing a proposal form is 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019. We are pleased to invite applications from potential HEI co-supervisors for the following topics: 



  • ‘The Body as a Battlefield’: an exploration of available material culture that highlights narratives of sexual violence in conflict

    By interrogating material from across IWM’s collections and other museum archives, this project will examine how material culture has been and can be used to tell narratives of sexual violence in conflict.

  • Diversifying and decolonising conflict photography: an exploration of how accompanying textual information can influence the reading and understanding of photographs

    Using material from across the IWM collection with a particular focus on the photograph collections this project will examine the language used to describe and contextualise collections.

  • The experience of decolonisation after 1945: the struggles for independence as experienced in ‘Malaya’, Kenya or ‘Rhodesia’

    This project will study experiences during the Cold War-era of one of three countries that became independent in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.


To apply to co-supervise on one of the above topics, please complete our HEI proposal form, and return it as an email attachment to Hannah Wills, Research Manager, at no later the 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.


Please see our general guidance notes for details of how to complete the proposal form. 


AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD topics to start in October 2020. No other PhD funding opportunities are currently available.  IWM is part of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership consortium

Our students

You can find out more about our students and their research projects on the students and alumni page, or hear from two of our students on how they found the CDA experience on the testimonials page.

You can also follow more about their research on our Research Blog