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 external partner organisations 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.
A list of CDAs that have been awarded for 2019-20 entry is provided below.