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RCM joins London's leading arts and humanities doctoral training partnership

Tuesday 14 August 2018

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is the sole London music conservatoire to be included in a new AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership as a member of London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Comprising seven of London’s top universities and six major non-HEI cultural organisations, LAHP offers exceptional opportunities for preparing the brightest and best doctoral students from the UK and the EU for successful careers after graduating.

The LAHP will offer up to 90 fully-funded doctoral studentships annually across the humanities, awarded on a competitive basis to new Home/EU doctoral students. The first funded students will begin their studies in September 2019 and the last in September 2023. Training will be delivered by the RCM alongside the seven other LAHP HE institutions: University College London, King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University of London, the Royal College of Art, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, and the School of Advanced Study (University of London).

As well as the opportunity to apply for the fully-funded studentships, all of the RCM's doctoral students will benefit from a range of new opportunities. The Partnership will offer cross-partnership training courses, interdisciplinary collaborations between students across institutions, study abroad grants, and secondments with the LAHP’s non-HE industry sector partners: the V&A, Google, The National Archives, Metropolitan Police, Wellcome Institute, and the Museum of London.

Richard Wistreich, the RCM’s Director of Research, said: ‘It is a major achievement for the Royal College of Music to be involved in the Doctoral Training Partnership with the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. It is wonderful to see a project we have been involved in planning for two years come to fruition and I look forward to seeing many high quality entries to the competition in 2019.’

The RCM has brought its closing date for applications to the RCM doctoral programme forward to 15 October 2018, in order to support successful RCM applicants with their applications to the LAHP Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition, which closes in January 2019.

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Find out more here.