Call for academics to supervise History of Rowing PhD

The River & Rowing Museum is thrilled to announce a partnership with the National Football Museum Research Consortium which will enable us to offer a PhD in the history of rowing.

The National Football Museum Research Consortium is offering up to three new research studentships a year to study for a PhD with the members of the Consortium and a UK University, funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. One of these studentships will be with The River & Rowing Museum.

We are looking particularly to uncover the ‘hidden history’ of the contribution of women to the sport of rowing. The Museum’s collection has been greatly developed in this area over the past 5 years and offers a substantial amount of previously unstudied material. This includes the stories of early pioneers of competitive women’s rowing including:

  • Lucy Pocock, made Women’s World Champion Sculler in 1912 and went on to coach women’s rowing at the University of Washington
  • Amy Gentry who helped establish Weybridge Women’s Rowing Club and the Women’s Amateur Rowing Association
  • The University Women’s Rowing Association who fought to find funding and be recognised by their institutions.

The Museum’s aims for the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership are:

  • To develop a greater understanding of the development of women’s competitive rowing
  • To create new content for our galleries, website, archives and exhibitions that will make our collections more accessible for our audiences
  • To challenge the perception of rowing as elite and patriarchal
  • To help develop our collecting policy, in particular the focus of contemporary collecting for women’s rowing

Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships
National Football Museum Research Consortium
The National Football Museum Research Consortium is offering up to three new research studentships a year to study for a PhD with the members of the Consortium and a UK University, funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme.

The Consortium is made up of the following: National Football Museum; World Rugby Museum; National Hockey Museum; National Horseracing Museum; River and Rowing Museum; Rugby League Cares (planning the Rugby League Museum); and the MCC Cricket Museum.

Since 2005 members of the Consortium have worked with UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on AHRC funded collaborative doctorates, working on a wide range of projects. As part of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) consortium, we are able to directly select a number of PhD studentships per year for support. Each of these studentships is jointly supervised by a specialist Consortium staff member and an academic from a UK HEI. The HEI administers the studentship, receiving funds from the AHRC for fees and to cover the student’s maintenance. The Consortium members will also provide additional financial support to the student towards their travel and related costs in carrying out research (up to £1,000 p.a.).

Further details on the CDP and CDA schemes are available from the AHRC and CDP Consortium websites.

2015 Call for Applications Now Open
The deadline for applications for studentships to start in October 2016 is 27 November 2015.

The projects must fulfil our aim to unlock the unique sporting heritage in our collections, which are of national and international significance. Within this we aim to focus on those histories which have been least considered by academics and others, particularly the still largely ‘hidden’ histories of women and ethnic minorities in sport, as well as issues of social class, disability and sexuality. We wish to focus on this because there is a public perception that sport is ‘white’ and ‘male’. Women’s sport in particular is still marginalized by the media, and undervalued.

We are looking for projects on cricket, rowing, and football at three members of the Consortium in the first round, namely:

MCC Cricket Museum, Lord’s
Contact: Neil Robinson, neil.robinson@mcc.org.uk

River and Rowing Museum, Henley
Contact: Eloise Chapman, eloise.chapman@rrm.co.uk

National Football Museum – in partnership with Women in Football
Contact: Clare Fitzboydon, clare@womeninfootball.co.uk

Application forms are available from the above, or from: sarah.trinder@natioanlfootballmuseum.com

Studentship projects should be jointly proposed by the member of the Consortium staff and a colleague from a UK HEI. We can accept CDP applications on any topic provided that the proposed project is of high quality, is appropriate for collaborative study at doctoral level, and is relevant to both the AHRC subject areas and the Consortium’s priorities.

Completed forms must be submitted to sarah.trinder@nationalfootballmuseum.com by 27 November 2015 in order to be considered.

Please address any general enquiries relating to the NFM Consortium’s CDP scheme to: sarah.trinder@nationalfootballmuseum.com

Information for Prospective PhD Students
New studentship projects starting in October 2016 will be advertised in early 2016, with details on how to apply available on the AHRC CDP consortium webpage.