The National Library of Scotland is delighted to collaborate with the Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NBCDTP) to offer two fully-funded Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) for a 2019 start.
The annual studentship competition aims to recruit postgraduate doctoral students to study at Durham University. Newcastle University, Northumbria Univerity, Queen's University Belfast, University of Sunderland, Teesside University and Ulster University. The competition is open to all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria.
Expressions of interest are invited from qualified candidates interested in applying to the Northern Bridge Consortium for a CDA with the National Library of Scotland as partner organisation in the two topics described below. If successful, the candidates will undertake a 4 year fully-funded studentship which includes a 6 month placement with the Library. The projects will focus on key collections at the Library and will be supervised jointly by academics and curators.
Street Literature 1600-1850
Projects should draw on the street literature across the Library's collections. This term is defined broadly as printed material sold or heard in streets and markets and includes: chapbooks; broadsides; songs and ballads; public proclamations and notices. A significant number of street literature resources are contained in the following collections: the Crawford Collections, the Blaikie Collection, the Lauriston Castle Collection, the Rosebery Collection and the Abbotsford Collection. Details of these collections can be searched for using the Library's Special and Named Printed Collections index.
A selection of the Library's broadsides is searchable using the Library's Word on the Street resource and the Broadsides from the Crawford Collection in the Library's Digital gallery.
Applicant students should shape their project in ways which speak to their research concerns. The consortium can support single and cross-discipline projects encompassing 18th-century print history (including children's print) (Professor Matthew Grenby), 17th and 18th-century history and politics (Dr Rachel Hammersley), textual adaptation and transmission (Dr Ruth Connolly), music and musical education, performance and literacy (Dr Kirsten Gibson).
Dr Anette Hagan (Curator of Printed Collections to 1700, at the National Library of Scotland) will support a six-month internship at the Library working directly on the collections. The studentship incorporates training and practice in bibliographical and curatorial skills, including developing digital resources.
The European Reformation, anti-popery and popular print
Supervised by Dr Adam Morton (Newcastle University) and Dr Anette Hagan (National Library of Scotland), this project focuses on the currently uncatalogued Crawford Reformation Tracts Collection, which comprises 1500 original Lutheran tracts in German and Latin that focus on the theological debates of the Reformation, as well as 16th and 17th-century tracts dispersed throughout the Library's collections.
The student can shape their project around the key themes of anti-popery and popular print in ways which speak to their research concerns. The studentship incorporates training and practice in bibliographical and curatorial skills including rare books cataloguing.
Dr Anette Hagan (Curator of Printed Collections to 1700) will support a six-month internship at the National Library working directly on the collections. Details of the collection can be searched for using the Library's Special and Named Printed Collections index. The current print catalogue is entitled: 'J.P. Edmond, Bibliotheca Lindesiana Collations and Notes No.7: Catalogue of a Collection of Fifteen Hundred Tracts by Martin Luther and his Contemporaries, 1511-1598', privately printed, 1903. You can view a digitised version of this catalogue in the Library's Digital gallery.
Interested students should apply at the Northern Bridge Consortium website. The studentship competition is a two-stage process:
Stage One: Postgraduate Application
Applicants to both the Standard PhD and Collaborative Doctoral Award routes wishing to apply for a studentship must complete their chosen University's postgraduate online application form and submit it by Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 17.00.
Stage Two: Applicant Nomination
School/Department-based selection panels then select their strongest nominees on the basis of the applicant's qualifications, research proposal, relevant experience and references. Those applicants will be asked to complete a nomination form, which must be submitted to the NBCDTP by Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 17.00.
The results of the competition are expected to be announced on Friday 22 March 2019.