Placement opportunities at the British Library for PhD students

New British Library PhD Placement Scheme

I’m emailing to bring you up to date on the new PhD placement scheme at the British Library. I’m pleased to say that the scheme is now open!

Full application guidelines, including profiles of all current placement opportunities, can be found on the BL website.

We are really excited to be able to make 17 placement opportunities available at the Library under the current Call, based in areas such as Research Engagement, Corporate Affairs and Digital Scholarship, as well as across the Library’s specialist curatorial teams. We are confident that these projects will appeal to researchers working across a wide range of disciplines/subject areas. All placement projects have appropriate training, supervision and support, as well as significant ownership responsibilities and opportunities for professional and personal development. We would be very grateful if you could circulate these details to North West DTP cohorts, as well as to any other relevant colleagues across the consortium. A flyer is attached.

The application deadline is 19 February 2016. All applications must be supported by the applicant’s PhD supervisor and their department’s Graduate Tutor (or equivalent).

Full details are on the website, but here are some summary notes (just to remind you!):

  • This scheme is open to all doctoral researchers, as long as they have the support of their supervisor and their Graduate Tutor (or equivalent)
  • International students are eligible if they have the right to study in the UK.
  • The minimum duration of the placements is 3 months (or PT equivalent).
  • Interviews to be held in March-April 2016.
  • It is anticipated that the placements will be held during the 12 month period from June 2016-May 2017 – with exact start dates to be agreed with the successful candidate once appointed.

As discussed, the Library is unfortunately not able to provide payment to placement students. We hope that, where Doctoral Training Partnerships are able to draw on funding to support placements and similar activities, the opportunities available at the Library will be of interest, and will constitute an attractive new professional development resource. The Library strongly recommends to HEIs that a PhD student given approval to undertake a placement is in receipt of a stipend – to a level at least equivalent to the RCUK national minimum doctoral stipend – for the duration of the placement.


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