Collaborative Doctoral Awards

The consortium offers a number of established supervisor-led projects in partnership with non-HE organisations, which will be advertised from Tuesday 10 November 2020. We also welcome CDA proposals from studentship applicants working with non-HE organisations via the standard competition route.

For further information about these Collaborative Doctoral Awards and to submit an expression of interest, please review the "Student Specification" on your project of interest and contact the named lead by the stated date. You may be required to submit accompanying documentation, which will be detailed in the Specification.

Prospective studentship applicants to the CDA scheme are required to meet the AHRC's eligibility criteria and submit a postgraduate application form to the relevant institution as outlined in How to Apply.

CDA Competition Timeline 2020-2021 - Summary

Recruiting for entry in October 2021:

Intellectual Life at Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society, 1793-1825
Newcastle University and The Literary and Philosophical Society

Newcastle University is pleased to advertise an AHRC-funded PhD studentship on ‘Intellectual Life at Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society, 1793-1825’, to be held at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of Newcastle University, in partnership with the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne, from October 2021. The project is funded by a Collaborative Doctoral Award granted by the Northern Bridge Consortium – Doctoral Training Partnership. 

Applicants must submit a cv and a cover letter summarising their research interests and expertise to Professor Federico Santangelo ( by 4pm on Monday 14 December 2020. Suitable candidates will be interviewed by a selection panel consisting of members of the prospective supervisory team. Informal queries are welcome. Thank you.

This project focuses on a major, unique primary resource that has so far been largely overlooked: a body of archival material located in the collections of Newcastle upon Tyne’s Literary and Philosophical Society, dating from the years immediately following the Society’s foundation, 1793 to 1825. The aims of this project are to use the archival collection - and related sources - to explore the role the Literary and Philosophical Society played in the intellectual and cultural life of a thriving northern industrial city; to produce a digital catalogue of the material - thereby making it accessible for scholars and other parties; and to publicise and showcase the highlights of the collection for diverse audiences.

Trauma, textiles, and technologies: participatory sewing of electronic-textiles as a metaphor for post-traumatic healing
Northumbria University with Changing Lives (CL) Women’s Services

Managing ‘Wildness’: Creative Writing and Landscape Restoration
Northumbria University with Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Developing new models to evaluate the impact of Open Clasp’s theatre for social change
Newcastle University with Open Clasp

How does an arts organisation transition into a more active and equitable climate constituent? BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art as case study
Northumbria University with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Designing where we live
Northumbria University with The YMCA Newcastle

Understanding Military Spaces: Materiality and Social Practice in the Structures of the Antonine Wall
Newcastle University with Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Constitution-making in Sudan
Durham University with Research Analysts Department, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (secondary) Rift Valley Institute

Native Ground. Moses Roper, Fugitive abolitionist; emancipatory activism, anti-slavery radicalism and and Print Culture in Wales
Newcastle University with National Library of Wales

The Transmission of Taste c. 1200-c.1400
Durham University with Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle

Defending the Nation or Violating Human Rights? The Autobiographical Memory of Former Border Soldiers of the GDR after 1990

Newcastle with Stiftung Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Foundation)

Eavesdropping on our past: Mapping the oral soundscape of Northern Irish English (NIE)
Newcastle University and Queen’s University Belfast with National Museums, NI (NMNI)