Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are doctoral studentship projects which are developed by a university-based academic working in collaboration with an organisation outside of higher education. They are intended as a way of facilitating collaboration with a diverse range of non-HEI partners, including smaller, regional partners, and spreading capacity for non-HEIs to work with HEIs in focused, mutually beneficial ways. CDAs provide important opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment and enhance the employment-related skills and training which a student may gain during the course of their award.
Each of the three universities in the Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP is fully supportive of, and experienced in, supporting collaborative doctoral projects. The ambition of the DTP is to build on this solid foundation and each year to have available to applicants a number of CDA opportunities.
Candidates interested in applying for a CDA are required to follow the standard application procedure. They are asked to clearly indicate in their research proposal that they are applying for a CDA. Awards are available on a full-time or part-time basis.
A list of CDAs available for 2019-20 entry at each institution is provided below.