At the National Library of Scotland we are particularly keen to collaborate with partner organisations over research in a number of areas.
We collaborate with Scottish, United Kingdom and international research organisations. This research is supported by a variety of funding bodies.
We would be pleased to discuss proposals for collaborative research projects. Ideally proposals should match themes included in our research statement. We will continue to concentrate our efforts on projects based around our core collection strengths and the expertise of our staff, and taking account of Library operational requirements.
If you do not already know the relevant member of staff with whom you wish to collaborate, please contact Chris Taylor. Collections Specialist.
Over the past decade we have worked with universities in joint supervision of PhDs funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
In 2014 we joined the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium (SCHC) and were successful in a partnership bid for the second round of AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships.
CREATe is the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. It is funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
CREATe investigates the future of creative production in the digital age, and in particular the role of copyright.
In partnership with the Fulbright Commission, we have a programme to host Fulbright Scholars from the United States of America.
The Library collaborates in projects funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. These include:
- 21st Century Reading: Text and data mining skills for Scotland — A partnership project led at the Library by Robin Smith and Fred Saunderson
- The Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation with the University of Glasgow: the National Library lead is Dr Emily Munro
- Venetian Renaissance prints, drawings and illustrated books in Scottish collections with the University of St Andrews: the National Library lead is Dr Anette Hagan.
We are collaborating with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, including over PhD opportunities funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.
The University of Glasgow and the National Library have been successful in winning funding for a PhD studentship to investigate how the National Library, and other organisations, can use artificial intelligence to look for content in their digital collections that contain sensitive information. Funding is supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF). For further information and to apply, visit the University of Glasgow Graduate School website.
The deadline for applications is Friday 20 July 2018 at 17.00.
We are also collaborating with the SGSAH through the Connecting Scotland's Sounds project. Up to 14 researchers will receive training on working with sound archives, co-curation, and engaging audiences with sound, as part of the Hear Here project. Up to three of these researchers will be paired with a community archive to help them process their sound archives and to deliver a public engagement activity sharing these recordings.
Read more about the Researcher-in-Residence role(PDF) (196 KB; 3 pages). Applications closed 21 December 2016.
The Library is collaborating with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to offer a policy internship. The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for UK Research and Innovation funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.
For further details, including how to apply, see the UKRI website.
The deadline for applications is Monday 13 August 2018.