PhD opportunities

At The National Archives we work in collaboration with universities to supervise PhDs, strengthening partnerships between higher education and the cultural heritage sector.

As new PhD opportunities become available, they will be advertised below:

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

"Yours Obediently, Sincerely and Humbly"? The social agency of petitioning, c. 1789-1860

The National Archives, Durham University and the National Maritime Museum

This PhD will reveal the negotiation of power relations between Britain’s governors and the governed by exploring three extensive collections of personal petitions that capture the appeals, tactics, and language of poorer Britons as they interacted with different state authorities.

Applications close Thursday 10 May 2018. Find out more and apply.

Beneath the archive – Understanding users’ mental models of digital archives to inform user-centred design for humanities research

The National Archives and City, University of London

This PhD will aim to understand the mental models of digital archive content, collections and interfaces that users develop, how they are shaped by the design of existing digital archives and other information environments (for example, search engines, library catalogues, digital libraries), and implications for the design of next-generation digital archives that shape, and are shaped, by users’ mental models.

Applications close Sunday 20 May 2018. Find out more and apply.

Find out more about our collaborative PhDs.