University of East Anglia Collaborative PhD International Scholarships in UK for 2022/2023

Collaborative Doctoral International Scholarships are available from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the British Library (BL) under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Fellowship Scheme.

The library of Robert Cotton (1571-1631), now a cornerstone of BL’s world-class collections, has been described as ‘the most important collection of manuscripts ever assembled in Britain by a private individual. This CDP offers a special opportunity to produce an original research project on the seventeenth-century origins and/or development of Cotton’s outstanding collection.

This fellowship program will be supervised by Dr. Thomas Roebuck and Dr. Katherine Hunt, University of East Anglia, who are experts in early modern scholarship and collecting practices; and Julian Harrison and Dr. Andrea Clarke, Chief Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts at BL.

The awardee will be based at the University of East Anglia and will also be based on BL for a substantial remainder of the studentship. At university, you’ll join a lucrative Medieval and Early Modern research community and have access to a range of training opportunities, and at BL you’ll benefit from behind-the-scenes access, learning from other professionals across the Library and extensive in-house training offer.

You will also join the wider affiliate of CDP-funded students across the UK and be eligible to participate in CDP Cohort Development Events. This course can be studied either full-time or part-time.

The University of East Anglia is a public research university in Norwich, England. Founded in 1963 on a 320-acre (130 ha) campus west of the city center, the university has four faculties and 26 faculties.

The university’s annual income for 2020–2021 was £292.1 million, of which £35.2 million was from research grants and contracts, with expenditure of £290.4 million, and had an undergraduate offer rate of 85.1% in 2021.

The university’s alumni and faculty include Academy Award-winning actress Charlotte Howard. In addition, three Nobel laureates, a discoverer of the hepatitis C and hepatitis D genomes, a major developer of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19, and a President of the Royal Society and at least 48 Fellows of the Royal Society.

In addition, University of East Anglia alumni also include heads of state, government and intergovernmental organizations, as well as three Booker Prize-winning authors

The University of East Anglia was rated 13th in the UK for the quality of its research output and 20th overall among all major UK institutions – a rise of 9 places since the last assessment in 2014.

The universities are in the top 1% of the world according to the Times Higher Education World Ranking 2015/2016 and in the top 100 in the world for research excellence in the Leiden Ranking 2016.

In 2012, the University of East Anglia was named the 10th best university in the world under 50 and the third best in the UK. In national league tables, the university has most recently been ranked 18th in the UK The times and Sunday Timesand 14th from The Complete University Guide.

In April 2013, the university was rated number one for student experience by the Times Higher Education magazine. The University of East Anglia currently rates Top 3 for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey when ranking the main English universities.

The University of East Anglia is the only institution to start with a rate in the top five after the survey.


The Collaborative Doctoral International Scholarships pay tuition fees up to the value of the UKRI full-time home rate for Ph.D. grades. The Research Councils UK indicative pay level for 2022/2023 is £4,596. The university agreed to waive the fee differential for international students.

The Collaborative Doctoral International Scholarships pay full maintenance for all students, both domestic and international. The UKRI National Minimum Doctoral Scholarship for 2022/2023 is £16,062, plus a CDP maintenance payment of £550/year, plus a London Fellow Allowance of £1000/year.

Eligibility for Collaborative Doctoral International Scholarships

To be eligible for Collaborative Doctoral International Scholarships, applicants must:

  • Be domestic and international.
  • Demonstrate interest in the library field and ability and confidence to develop skills in related areas.

How to Apply for Collaborative International Scholarships for Ph.D

Interested and eligible for Collaborative Doctoral International Scholarships, please go to the University of East Anglia at the UK to apply.

Application deadline: June 8, 2022

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