AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards

The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme (also known as CASE awards) provides support for doctoral students to carry out a research project run in conjunction with a non-academic organisation. The award provides standard RCUK fees and maintenance allowance for a doctoral student and must be run as a collaboration which allows the student to develop career enhancing skills outside of academia.

The awards have been running for several years and many awards have been made to collaborations with larger museums and organisations. In this round the AHRC encourages proposals which work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups. Proposals are welcome across the whole remit of AHRC disciplines.

The final deadline for CDAs is 4pm, 14th February 2013 (but please see important point about the internal selection process below).

CDAs vs CDPs?

This year the AHRC are running the standard CDA call in conjunction with a special call for Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships, which are open to non-HEIs with a strong track-record in running standard CDAs in the past. This is designed to give successful partnerships a level of stability and flexibility since they will be able to bid for a cohort of studentships to run over several years. The deadline for CDPs is 15th October.

What’s the application process?

Another change this year is that each institution can only submit a maximum of 2 applications to the CDA call (although these can be multiple, linked studentships). This means that we need to be selective to ensure two applications go forward with the best potential and fit to the call and the University’s strategic aims.

Since there is likely to be significant interest in this call the PVC Research and RBS have agreed that a preliminary review of all potential applications would be the best way to approach this. This review is to ensure we can properly offer institutional support for the strongest two applications.

If you are interested in this call, please send me a project outline for each potential application by end of 15th October for review. This should be no more than 2 sides of A4 and should include:

  • a brief summary of the project
  • the name of the non-academic partner and a few lines on rationale for working with them
  • the number of studentships to be requested
  • a justification of the project addressing as AHRC criteria in paragraph 47 of the guidance

The PVC Research will feed back by the end of that week (i.e. 19th Oct) with a view on which two should proceed.