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Collaborative Research Opportunities

We take a strategic approach to our relationship with Research Councils and the Higher Education Sector by engaging in a number of collaborative research partnerships with Universities. These are primarily based on postgraduate research. Here you can find out about the partnership opportunities that are currently available.

Independent Research Organisation status

Historic England has learned from Research Councils UK, that our joint bid with the English Heritage Trust to become an Independent Research Organisation of the Research Councils has been agreed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Due to recent rule changes this means that Historic England and the English Heritage Trust are now eligible to apply (individually or jointly) for funding from all seven Research Councils. See the Research Councils UK website for more information.

Each year these Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the arts and humanities to social sciences, economics, biological and environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, medicine and engineering. Given the wide span of our historic environment research, we see potential advantages across many of these disciplines and believe that our new status will be an important contribution to our wider efforts to broaden our sources of corporate funding.

If you’d like to contact us about research in relation to Independent Research Organisation status, email

You can also find out more about our about about our Research Strategy.

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP)

We hold a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Through this we have offered 12 Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) studentships between 2013 and 2016  (three per year).

Available PhD studentships

Optimisation of Environmental Control in Museum Collections of Bone and Ivory

AHRC fully funded three-year doctoral grant 2017-20, aiming to develop optimum environmental conditions for safe display and storage of museum collections of bone and ivory on the basis of improved damage assessment procedures. Co Supervised between the Birkbeck College and English Heritage.
Find out More

You can find details of other cultural and heritage organisations who hold a CDP with the AHRC, including their latest studentship opportunities, on the CDP Consortium website.  

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)

We are a heritage partner with a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) across the country. These are made up of consortiums of Universities with a range of partners in the cultural and heritage sectors.  

More about our current DTP partners and research priorities for collaborative postgraduate research.

Centres for Doctoral Training

We are a heritage partner of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), a collaboration between University College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Please see the SEAHA website for details of current opportunities.

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Phil Pollard
Phil Pollard

Postgraduate Research & Skills Officer

Research Group