• Do you want to supervise a PhD based on collections held in Cambridge, Norfolk, Colchester, Ipswich or Peterborough? 
  • Do you have an idea for a PhD project that uses Arts and Humanities methodologies on those collections?
  • Could this project fit within one of the following themes: society & identity, environment & sustainability or health & wellbeing? 

We have now chosen studentship projects that will start in October 2024, details of which will be published soon.

Studentship proposals starting October 2025, below is anticipated timeline for interested projects.

9 September 2024 – Expressions of Interest deadline

End November (date tbc.) – Deadline for Full Applications

January 2025 – Confirmation of projects starting October 2025


A banner showing some of the different collections forming the CC-EE consortium. Represented L-R: Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery (a pot from the Must Farm Exhibition), Norfolk Museum Services (Three people examining a projected schematic), Cambridge University Botanic Gardens (a woman touching green tree leaves), Colchester & Ipswich Museums (two people looking at tombstones in Colchester Castle), Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (a family completing an activity sheet in the museum)

Just some of the collections which are joining the CC-EE consortium. Represented L-R: Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, Norfolk Museum Services, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Colchester & Ipswich Museums (photo credit Rodger Tamblyn Photography & Colchester Museums), Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Information for prospective PhD students  

Studentships will be advertised on the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership webpage between February and October each year, to start in forthcoming academic year. If you are interested in finding out more about potential PhD’s collections held in Cambridge, Norfolk, Colchester, Ipswich or Peterborough, please contact cc-ee@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

We will hold hold online recruitment events in the year, dates to be published here soon.

Key highlights of this scheme

  • AHRC-funded scheme that offers 15 fully-funded PhD studentships based in Cambridge, Norfolk, Colchester & Ipswich and Peterborough collections.
  • 3 cohorts of students will begin in October 2024, 2025 and 2026. Funding is for 4 years, though part-time studentships over 8 years are also possible.
  • Each PhD will be a partnership between a collection (or multiple collections) and a UK university, with supervisors in each. The studentships will be externally advertised.
  • All students will have access to training delivered by the consortium, the UK wide Collaborative Doctoral Programme scheme and dedicated research funds.
  • Research can cover all aspects of collections work – e.g. curatorial, interpretation, learning, conservation etc – but must use arts & humanities methods.
  • Proposals are encouraged to include participatory methodologies and focus on one or more of the following areas: health & wellbeing, environment & sustainability, society & identity.

If you have any queries about the CC-EE consortium, please contact cc-ee@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Participating Collections

  • Colchester & Ipswich Museums (CIM) brings together Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum, Natural History Museum, Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery & Christchurch Mansion.
  • Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) consists of Ancient House Museum, Cromer Museum, Elizabethan House Museum, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Lynn Museum, the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Strangers’ Hall, Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life, and the Tolhouse Gaol, alongside partnerships with Norfolk Records Office, and Millennium Library.
  • Peterborough Limited (PL) includes Flag Fen and Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, and Libraries & Archives.
  • University of Cambridge collections comprise the Fitzwilliam Museum, Museums of Archaeology and Anthropology, Earth Sciences, and Zoology, the Polar Museum, Kettle’s Yard, University Library, Botanic Garden, and Herbarium. 

What types of projects have been funded previously?

If you have an idea but would like to see the types of projects which have been previously funded by other consortia through this scheme, the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Consortium curates a list of Highlighted Projects, giving an insight into the types of projects that might be supported by the CC-EE CDP.

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