Call for Applications: British Library PhD placement scheme

The British Library  is currently open for applications to its PhD placement scheme. 14 different placement projects are being offered under this current Call. These have been selected to support teams based across the Library to carry out a range of projects and activities, whilst also providing unique professional development opportunities for PhD researchers. It is not necessary for the project to relate directly to your PhD topic or specific research interests. Rather, these placements are seen as a means to develop and apply transferrable research, communications and analytical skills outside the university sector.

Under the current Call, placements are available in the following areas:

  • Independent, DIY, and Activist BAME Publishing, in Print and Online, in 21st century Britain
  • Charting the King’s Maritime Collection
  • 21st Century British Comics
  • Contemporary Collecting from Australasia
  • Researching the EU Referendum Through Leaflet and Web Archive Collections
  • Privy Council Appeal Cases
  • Developing Access to the Evolving English VoiceBank
  • The Printed Books of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), Physician and Collector
  • Exploring and Recording Textiles in the British Library Collections
  • Understanding the Network Power of the Living Knowledge Network
  • Greek Papyri of Late Antique Egypt
  • Data Mining of Doctoral Theses
  • The Representation and Interpretation of James Cook’s Voyages in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Karl Marx and the British Library

Each project offers bespoke training and professional development opportunities, plus wide scope to shape the specific focus of the activities and outputs around your own interests and expertise.

For full profiles of each placement project, as well as the application guidelines and timetable, please visit:

The application deadline is February 20 2017. Interviews will take place in March/April 2017.

Contact for all queries – See more at:




UK-China Research Innovation Partnership Fund

Are you a UK PhD student that wants to study in China?

PhD Placements offers grants to sponsor PhD students and their supervisors from the UK and China to spend a period of study of between three and 12 months (for PhD students) and up to three months (for supervisors) at higher education institutions in China. Placements must start between January and December 2016.

Following requests from prospective applicants, the deadline to submit applications for the UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund(Newton Fund) PhD placement programme has been extended for UK applicants until 24 October 2015.

The deadline is now 23:59 pm GMT on 24 October 2015. PhD students who intend to apply for the programme are kindly requested to complete their application according to the instructions in the attached Call Guidelines

UK applicants should complete an online application form at and send it, along with the required supporting documents, to by the extended deadline. Any enquiries can also be sent to this email address.

Please refer to the ‘Call Guidelines (for UK applicants)’ for a detailed introduction to the programme and application process, including a list of the required supporting documents, the evaluation criteria, and funding arrangements.

The British Council China offers support to help UK PhD students look for Chinese host universities where there is a clear research interest. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at the email address above.

Please note, the extended deadline applies to UK applicants only.

What is the Newton Fund?

The UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund, worth £200 million over 5 years, is led by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills in the UK and the Ministry of Science and Technology in China. This forms part of the global Newton Fund that, through mutual science and innovation partnerships, promotes sustainable economic development and social welfare in developing countries. The Newton Fund is delivered through 15 delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partnering countries.  For more information visit: