AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Studentship with King’s College London and Imperial War Museums

The impact of time and mental health on lived experience of conflict of UK Service Personnel who served on Operation HERRICK: an oral history

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Studentship with King’s College London and Imperial War Museums


Start date: 1 October 2021
Application deadline: by 23:59 GMT, 21 June 2021
Interviews will take place on 9 July 2021


King’s College London and Imperial War Museums (IWM) are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2021 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. The project involves analysis of oral histories of military personnel who had been deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation HERRICK, who have been re-interviewed to provide a unique opportunity to examine how narratives and perceptions of wartime experiences change with time.


This project will be jointly supervised by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Dr Howard Burdett, and Dr Thomas Colley (KCL) and Louise Skidmore (IWM). The student will be expected to spend time at both the university and IWM, and will become a part of research activity under the IWM Institute, IWM’s innovation hub experimenting with creative new ways of deepening understanding of war and conflict. The student will also join the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK. The studentship can be studied either full or part-time.


We encourage the widest range of potential students to study for this CDP studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area. Students should have a Master’s Degree in a relevant subject or can demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting. Given the potential for interdisciplinary research associated with this project, we welcome applicants from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to: psychology, anthropology, history and war studies.

Find out more via the IWM’s website

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