AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD studentship for Writing technologies in transition: legal and literary material practices in late medieval England (University of Cambridge, Faculty of English. The National Archive)

Office of the School of Arts and Humanities, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 01st Nov 2021
  • Funding amount: £15,609 stipend + £550 CDA
  • Funding for: EU Students, International Students, UK Students
  • REF: GA28786
  • Closes: 06th January 2022
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA doctoral studentship offered by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, to start in the October or January of the 2022-23 academic year.

The studentship will be based in the Faculty of English. The successful applicant, will work on a collaborative project co-led by Associate Professor Orietta Da Rold ([od245@cam.ac.uk), Faculty of English, Dr Euan Roger, The National Archives and Dr Suzanne Paul, University Library, Cambridge co-supervisors

The studentship will involve exploring links between the use and the status of paper within administrative and legal circles and paper in book production in medieval England. The focus of the research will be the Recorda files of the King’s Bench (The National Archives’ series KB145) which preserve legal evidence collected by local courts and brought into the superior courts at Westminster. Through this project a student will have the opportunity to enhance understanding of medieval materiality and develop new perspectives on the study of medieval paper in administration and literature.

Further details of the project and its aims can be found on the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP website: https://www.oocdtp.ac.uk/writing-technologies-transition


The DTP studentships will provide an annual maintenance grant to cover living costs (£15,609 stipend + £550 CDA allowance pa at current rates) and university tuition fees at home fee level.

Applications from international students are welcome, though they may be required to cover the fee gap between the home and overseas fee rates.

For more details, see: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/funding.

Application process:

All applications will need to be made through the University Graduate Application Portal: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/elelpdeng

Whilst making your online application please make clear that you are applying for ‘Writing technologies in transition: legal and literary material practices in late medieval England’ and the supervisor leading the project (Associate Professor Orietta Da Rold). When applying for study through the Postgraduate Applicant Portal, you must indicate that you would like to be considered for funding, complete the AHRC section under “Funding” and upload the OOC DTP Application Form as an additional document when completing the application through the portal.

Application fee of £75 applies. You may check the eligibility criteria for application fee waiver here: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/how-do-i-apply/application-fee

We want to encourage the widest range of potential students to study for this studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Informal enquiries about the project should be directed to the University supervisor (od245@cam.ac.uk).

Application deadline: 6 January 2022

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please visit https://www.oocdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply#tab-2276201.

Please quote reference GA28786 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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