Call for Applications: British Library PhD placement scheme

The British Library invites applications to its PhD placement scheme. 14 different placement projects are being offered under this current Call. These have been selected to support teams based across the Library to carry out a range of projects and activities, whilst also providing unique professional development opportunities for PhD researchers. It is not necessary for the project to relate directly to your PhD topic or specific research interests. Rather, we see these placements as a means to develop and apply transferrable research, communications and analytical skills outside the university sector.

Under the current Call, placements are available in the following areas:

  • Independent, DIY, and Activist BAME Publishing, in Print and Online, in 21st century Britain
  • Charting the King’s Maritime Collection
  • 21st Century British Comics
  • Contemporary Collecting from Australasia
  • Researching the EU Referendum Through Leaflet and Web Archive Collections
  • Privy Council Appeal Cases
  • Developing Access to the Evolving English VoiceBank
  • The Printed Books of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), Physician and Collector
  • Exploring and Recording Textiles in the British Library Collections
  • Understanding the Network Power of the Living Knowledge Network
  • Greek Papyri of Late Antique Egypt
  • Data Mining of Doctoral Theses
  • The Representation and Interpretation of James Cook’s Voyages in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Karl Marx and the British Library

Each project offers bespoke training and professional development opportunities, plus wide scope to shape the specific focus of the activities and outputs around your own interests and expertise.

For full profiles of each placement project, as well as the application guidelines and timetable, please visit:

The application deadline is February 20 2017. Interviews will take place in March/April 2017.