Doctoral research at National Museums Scotland is directed towards our collections in accordance with our Research Framework. Studentship projects are proposed by a member of our staff in collaboration with a colleague from a UK university. Proposals compete for funding on their academic strengths and on their orientation towards the Museum’s research and strategic objectives.
The SCHC brings together five of Scotland’s national collections plus its national heritage agency, all of whom are internationally respected for their work in researching, documenting and promoting understanding of material culture.
The Consortium was founded in 2013. The consortium supporting PhD research comprises National Museums Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.
Each year the Consortium awards up to six funded studentships which enable a Higher Education Institute and a Consortium member organisation to collaborate on a PhD project.
Further information about collaborative studentships funded by the AHRC can be found at the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Consortium website.
The aims of the Consortium are to:
The research undertaken by the studentships managed by the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium will fit within the following five research priorities, all of which are concerned with conserving, understanding and presenting Scotland’s cultural, material and artistic heritage in a national, UK and international context:
These priorities are embraced within the individual research strategies and priorities of the five national bodies that make up the consortium. In addition, we support the themes prioritised by the Independent Research Organisations: Digital Futures; Heritage Science; Legacies of Empire; and research to support exhibitions, galleries and public programming.
Historic Environment Scotland
National Galleries of Scotland
National Library of Scotland
National Museums Scotland
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
UK CPD Administrator
Sarah McEvoy (Victoria & Albert Museum)