Selection process and timetable

Selection process

The expression of interest is the first stage in a selection process that will take several months. See details of the timetable below.

Interest in the CDP scheme is likely to be intense, and we are only able to select three studentships to nominate to the AHRC. The selection process will therefore be very competitive.

The National Archives will review all expressions of interest received by the deadline of 16 September. Expressions of interest received after the deadline will not be considered. With input from our external academic panel, we will select up to nine expressions of interest to be worked into full CDP proposals.

Decisions will be based on the following selection criteria:

  • Availability of member(s) of staff at The National Archives with expertise to co-supervise the PhD
  • Importance, originality, innovativeness and feasibility of the proposed research
  • Demonstrable links to The National Archives’ collections and research priorities
  • Likely contribution to The National Archives’ strategic objectives and plans.

We will contact all applicants in early October to inform them of the outcome of the selection process.

Applicants invited to complete a full proposal must do this in collaboration, with the academic and the member of staff at The National Archives working together. The development of a full proposal in partnership is likely to take a number of weeks.

Our external academic panel will review the full CDP proposals and make the final selection of three studentships to nominate to the AHRC. This panel will score each proposal based on the AHRC’s grading scale and consider its academic quality, the suitability of the proposed project to PhD-level research, and the potential benefits to The National Archives and the student.

Timetable

  • Monday 16 September 2019: deadline for expressions of interest.
  • By end of September 2019: The National Archives will review all expressions of interest and select a limited number to be developed into CDP proposals. Owing to an anticipated high number of expressions of interest, we will only be able to provide brief feedback to applicants who are not invited to submit a full CDP proposal.
  • Early October 2019: all applicants will be informed of the outcome of The National Archives’ review. A limited number of applicants will be invited to jointly complete full CDP proposal forms, with academics and members of staff at The National Archives working together.
  • Friday 22 November 2019: deadline for full CDP proposal forms, which should be completed in partnership between the potential co-supervisors at the relevant universities and The National Archives.
  • Early December 2019: The National Archives will do a light-touch review of all the CDP proposal forms, and may contact applicants to ask for extra information if required.
  • By mid-January 2020: external academic panel meeting. The panel, which will be externally chaired and include academics with expertise in relevant fields, will select three studentships to nominate to the AHRC. All applicants will be informed of the outcome, with feedback offered to unsuccessful applicants.
  • March 2020 (subject to confirmation by the AHRC): selected studentships will be advertised to students, to start in October 2020.