Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) Scheme – Proposals by academics


Applications for Collaborative Doctoral Awards project proposals are now closed and will re-open in the summer for proposals for studentship projects to commence in October 2022.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral studentship projects, developed as a partnership between an HEI-based academic in collaboration with an organisation outside higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and build partnerships with a wide range of organisations in the public, private and third sector, including grass-roots and activist organisations.

CDA projects provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment and enhance the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their studies.

CDA projects also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available, as well as social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

LAHP welcomes applications for projects across all subjects and approaches in the arts & humanities. It particularly encourages applications in three priority areas:

  • Exploration of under-represented collections, histories, knowledge, traditions, or practices across the arts and humanities;
  • Transformative methods of engagement and/or practice to address inequity, marginalisation and/or barriers to inclusion in the arts, culture and heritage sectors;
  • Collaborative arts & humanities research with a wide range of organizations (third sector, policy, voluntary, grassroots and/or activist)