British Library Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – 17th- and 18th-Century Collections

The British Library holds the world’s pre-eminent collection of manuscript, archival, digital and print sources for the study of 17th- and 18th-century Britain and Ireland, in both domestic and international contexts. It is also home to extensive foreign language collections and other materials relating to Europe and the rest of the world. Our holdings include printed editions, newspapers and pamphlets, letters and diaries of individuals and the papers of institutions, literary sources, artwork, maps and reports.

This event takes an interdisciplinary approach to 17th- and 18th-century studies. It will appeal to all researchers who are interested in working with the British Library collections, including those undertaking PhDs in the areas of history and politics, literature, drama, art & design, modern languages and history of science.  You will be introduced to the full scope of these collections and learn how to unlock their potential to support your research.

Our Doctoral Open Days provide an opportunity to meet expert staff and other researchers across a range of disciplines and subject areas.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to register for a free Reader Pass before the event.

These events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library and are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services plus help you navigate our physical and online collections.

Each day focuses on a different thematic area of the Library’s collections – just select the one that will be most useful for your research. Booking essential.

See the programme here.


Name: Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – 17th- and 18th-Century Collections
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
When:  – 
Price: Full Price: £10.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

Call for Applications: British Library PhD Research Placements

BL-Logo2The British Library is now accepting applications for PhD research placements in 2019-20. A wide range of projects are available and full details, including information on how to apply, is available here:

Our PhD research placement scheme is designed to offer opportunities for current PhD students to apply and enhance research, communications and analytical skills and expertise outside of Higher Education as part of their wider research training and professional development. A PhD research placement at the

British Library offers the chance to experience research in a different environment to that of a university, to engage with a range of different research users and audiences, to gain insights into different potential postdoctoral career paths, and to make a tangible contribution to the activities and programmes of a national library and major cultural organisation.

The application deadline is 5pm on Monday, 18 February 2019.

Most placements can take place any time between May 2019 and March 2020 (any restrictions to this are specified in the individual placement profiles). Each placement is for 3 months full-time or (if feasible) the part-time equivalent.

For the current Call for Applications, the placement topics are (please see the website for detailed profiles):

  • Art, poetry and memory: Contemporary UK Artists’ Books
  • Chinese works of art in the British Library Visual Arts collections
  • The Treasures of Danzan Ravjaa
  • Identifying and using map images in born-digital collections
  • Digitisation of archives: benefits and opportunities
  • George Orwell’s Collection of Political Pamphlets
  • Greek Papyri of Late Antique Egypt
  • Assessing the impact of the British Library’s major heritage acquisitions
  • Life on the Home Front: Experiences of the Second World War in Britain
  • Communicating international engagement at the British Library
  • The ‘long tail’ of UK born-digital publications: What can we learn from legal deposit data?
  • Illumination in Persian manuscripts
  • Making the case for the national library – exploring the value of how collections are used
  • Practice research at the British Library
  • Historic photographs of the Silk Road
  • Public policy development at the British Library: Soft Power and international working
  • Taras Shevchenko at the British Library: Mapping and linking our collections
  • Analysing topographical image making c. 1600-1824
  • Trade Literature in the British Library collection
  • The oriental manuscripts collection of Sir William Jones (1746-94)
  • Women’s History Online Resources
  • Exploring working-class writing at the British Library

If you have any questions please contact


jrmo support treeThe JRMO is running a research advice drop-in session:

Date and Time:
Thursday, 24th January 2019
11.00am – 1.00pm

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Mile End Campus

 There is no need to book – please just turn up!

We will be happy to assist with any research governance topics including:

  • Designing research project documentation
  • How to obtain ethical approval for a project
  • How to respond to the findings of a sponsor audit
  • How to close a project once it is finished

If you have matters that you would like to discuss, but cannot make this date, please get in touch.

British Library Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – Social Sciences

The British Library’s unique collections offer huge potential for research into contemporary society and culture. The vast and varied collections include contemporary archives, books, journals, government and legal documents, reports, oral history interviews, newspapers, magazines and broadcast news.

Our collections are international and include research materials from across the globe in a wide range of languages. We collect born-digital material, including UK domain websites which are available for research purposes onsite.

At this introductory event you will learn about these collections and will discover how to unlock their potential for your research. Whether your research is in anthropology, media studies, contemporary history, geography, education, socio-legal studies sociology, economics, health studies, business and management (or something else entirely), you will find resources here that are unavailable elsewhere.  The day is an opportunity to meet with our expert staff and other researchers across the social sciences and beyond.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to register for a free Reader Pass before the event.

Doctoral Open Days are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library and are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services plus help you navigate our physical and online collections.

This event complements a related Open Day – Exploring the Collections: The 20th & 21st Centuries – that is focused more around humanities research. You are encouraged to check out the programmes for both events and attend the one that relates most closely to your research interests. If you are interested in booking more than one event, please email research.development@bl.ukBooking essential.

See the programme here.


Name: Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – Social Sciences
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
When:  – 
Price: Full Price: £10.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

The Alan Turing Institute at KidZania’s Career’s Fair – 23-25 January 2019 – volunteers wanted

The Alan Turing Institute Events Team is excited to be taking residency at KidZania’s Career’s Fair between 23-25 January 2019, and we’d like to invite willing volunteers to take part.

The Turing will be taking over the KidZania University to deliver a fun coding activity, giving children the opportunity to learn about the ASCII coding system and make bracelets displaying their name in code. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers of business team, researchers and students to help encourage a diverse new generation of data scientists and coders.

The role of the volunteer will be to help support the KidZania staff to run the activity – answer any tricky questions from children/teachers/parents, such as telling  them what it’s like working in the industry, what kind of jobs could be available to them and about different routes in. KidZania staff will be running the activity itself. Your job will be to inspire, encourage and chip in with the activity where necessary (or desired). You do not need to be a master coder to take part!

The activity will run throughout the day (10:00 – 16:00) on a half hour loop. Of course we would love you to be there the whole day, but if you are only free for a morning or an afternoon, we can look to arrange shifts.

We are also looking for one or two volunteers to help train the KidZania staff to deliver the activity. These people should be good communicators, with a good grasp of the ASCII coding language and coding in general. The training day will likely be on either Monday 21 January or Tuesday 22 January, however we are happy to work around your schedules to make this work. Please note that the training will take place at KidZania.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, KidZania London is an immersive and interactive child-sized city, combining inspiration, fun and learning through realistic role play for children, all housed within Westfield (White City, Shepherd’s Bush). Take a virtual tour of the space here.

This is a great experience for those of you looking to go into education and/or engagement with young people. It’s also a great opportunity for a fun working experience that is sure to excite your imagination, especially for the big kids of Turing!

If you are interested in spending a day or half-day with us, or simply want to find out more, please email Jessie Wand on

ESRC LISS DTP Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

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The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) is offering seven ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowships to commence from 1st October 2019. The fellowships are available for one year full-time or two years part-time to be held at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London.

The aim of these fellowships is to provide funding to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD research through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills, and to prepare them for the next stage of their career.

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT and who are within 12 months of passing their viva voce. At the submission deadline (22nd March 2019), the applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date. Applicants do not need to have had an ESRC-funded studentship in order to be eligible to apply.

All Fellows are required to have a mentor based at the research organisation where the fellowship is held. The mentor should have experience and a strong interest in the applicant’s field of research but should not normally be the applicant’s PhD supervisor. Proposals are welcome from both single disciplines and combinations of disciplines but the fellowship activities must be based at least 50% within the social sciences and must fall under one of LISS DTP’s Thematic Pathways:

The call specification, a frequently asked questions document and application form will be available on the LISS DTP website: The deadline for applications is at 16.00 on 22nd March 2019.

We will be holding a Webinar for the LISS DTP ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship scheme on 17th January, 1-2pm for interested applicants to find out more about the competition and to answer any questions.

To register, please go to:

Apply now: Data Science for Social Good 2019 – 12-week programme in summer 2019

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Applications are now open for the first UK edition of the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Fellowship. The fellowship is a 12-week programme in summer 2019 which will bring together some of the top talent from data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and other related areas to analyse real-world data science challenges for non-profits and government organisations.

Masters, PhD and graduate students are eligible to apply for the fellowship and potentially final year undergraduates. The programme is open to students worldwide. DSSG fellows make a full-time commitment and receive a stipend to cover expenses.

Find out more information and how to apply here.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019.