Colour aerial photograph showing a large banked earth enclosure to the right and a white chalk stylised figure of a horse left.
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The Iron age hillfort and "White Horse" hill figure at Uffington in Oxfordshire, photographed on 08-JUL-2006 (NMR 24849\03) © Historic England
The Iron age hillfort and "White Horse" hill figure at Uffington in Oxfordshire, photographed on 08-JUL-2006 (NMR 24849\03) © Historic England

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. Here you can find out about the partnership opportunities that are currently available. You can also find out more about our research strategy and agenda.

Collaborative PhD studentships available

Historic England and English Heritage are delighted to announce our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentships for 2019. Candidates are invited to apply to undertake doctoral research on one of the 3 projects listed, working with either Historic England or English Heritage and top universities across the country.

Successful candidates will receive a 3/3.5 year PhD studentship funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  Find out more about this years studentship projects on our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership page.

Recent highlights

Our first two Collaborative Doctoral Partnership students have published PhD theses online.

One of our co-supervised PhD students, funded through the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, has recently published an entry on the new AHRC blog about his research into the intersection between archaeology and precision farming.

Farming the Past and the Future Henry Webber, university of Bristol. March 2018.

Independent Research Organisation status

In 2017 Historic England, jointly with the English Heritage Trust, became an Independent Research Organisation of the UK Research Councils.

This means that we are now eligible to apply (individually or jointly) for funding from all seven research councils. See the UK Research and Innovation 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.

The AHRC have recently launched a new report outlining the scope and range of Independent Research Organisation (IRO) research they have funded over the past ten years, as well as examining IRO research funding for the decade ahead. You can download the report from the AHRC website, which also provides examples of research from other IROs. As an IRO Historic England (and English Heritage) are members of IROC - the Independent Research Organisation Consortium for the arts and humanities. 

If you’d like to contact us about research in relation to Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status, email [email protected]

You can also find out more about our research strategy and agenda.

Postgraduate research and skills

Through our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) programme we've been able to offer three Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD studentships each year from 2013.

Find out more about our CDP programme and opportunities for partnership.

As well as our CDP programme we are a partner with a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP), Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) and similar postgraduate research consortiums across the country. These are made up of consortiums of universities with a range of partners in the cultural and heritage sectors. They receive block grant funding from UK research councils for PhD studentships and related doctoral training.

Historic England is able to offer a range of collaboration opportunities to students within these consortiums.

Find out more about our current DTP partners and priorities for collaborative postgraduate research.

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