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.


IWM is part of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership consortium, and through this programme offers a number of PhD studentships each year. We invite UK university partners to co-develop projects with us around a number of themes which we announce each year in the autumn, ahead of advertising these co-supervised studentships to candidates in the following spring. To receive news of when our studentships are advertised, please sign up to our academic mailing list.

To find out more about IWM’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentships, please contact

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