British Library PhD Placements: Call for Applications

British Library
British Library

British Library PhD Placements: Call got Applicants 

Placements at the British Library provide opportunities for PhD students from all disciplines to develop and apply transferrable research skills outside of the university sector.

We undertake an internal call each year to identify suitable opportunities for PhD students to carry out placement projects at the Library. These projects are specially selected to develop career skills and support the professional development of researchers for future career paths both within and outside academia. Equally, the placements provide practical support for teams based across the Library to carry out key projects and activities.
We encourage all PhD students to consider a placement with us. It is not necessary for the project to relate directly to your PhD or specific research interests. Rather, we see these placements as opportunities for professional development. They offer PhD students a means to develop and apply transferable research, communications and analytical skills (etc.) outside the university sector.

PhD placement students contribute to the work of the Library in a variety of ways, including: public engagement initiatives, events and exhibitions, policy research, and activities to enhance the accessibility of BL collections and content.

Current opportunities

Placement opportunities offered under the current call are listed below. These profiles provide an overview of the context for each project, outlining the expected tasks and outcomes, the training and experience expected to be gained by the student, and any background knowledge or skills that are required.

How to apply

Click on the above links to view the profiles of any projects that are of interest. You should then refer also to the detailed application guidelines below and email the completed application form and a CV to

Please note that all applications must be approved by the applicant’s PhD supervisor and Graduate Tutor (or equivalent senior academic manager).

The application deadline is 4 pm on 20 February 2017.


  • Open to all PhD students, as long as they have the support of their PhD supervisor and their Graduate Tutor (or equivalent)
  • International students are eligible if they have the right to study in the UK
  • Most placements can also be done on a part-time basis, with some remote working also sometimes possible – see project profiles for details
  • The minimum duration for each placement is 3 months (or part-time equivalent)


The Library’s placement scheme has been developed in consultation with HEI partners and stakeholders. Students applying for a placement at the Library are expected to consult their HEI or Doctoral Training Partnership/Doctoral Training Centre to ascertain what funding is available to support them.

Please note that the Library itself is not able to provide payment to placement students, nor can it provide costs for daily commuting or relocation to the site of the placement. The Library strongly recommends to HEIs that a PhD student given approval to undertake a placement is in receipt of a stipend for the duration of the placement.

Any questions?

Contact for all queries or to be added to our placement scheme mailing list.
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BFWG Scholarships 2017

British Federation of Women Graduates
British Federation of Women Graduates

BFWG Scholarships 2017

BFWG (British Federation of Women Graduates) founded in 1907

BFWG awards scholarships annually to women studying for doctorates at British universities. Whilst described as Scholarships, these awards are in effect prizes for outstanding academic excellence as determined from information given on application forms, in referee reports and, for shortlisted candidates, at interview.  Awards are given out in early autumn (October/November) of the relevant year and awards usually range between £2,500 and £6,000.

 The 2017 BFWG scholarships competition is now open.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 24th March 2017

Please go to and look under Scholarships to find out details of the application process and of eligibility.  The competition is open to women doctoral students (PhD, DPhil or equivalent) at British universities (not Northern Ireland) who began full time doctoral studies between September 1st 2014 and October 31st 2015 (or the part time equivalent) are eligible to apply and who will not be submitting their thesis before the end of February 2018.  

 In 2012 we celebrated one hundred years since BFWG (originally the British Federation of University Women) first gave an award to a woman postgraduate to support her research.  Now in our second century of award-giving, we look forward each year to the variety and quality of the applications we receive.

 Go to our webpages for further details.

 Further queries should be addressed to

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Understanding Our Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias

Understanding our Unconscious Bias

This is a thought provoking, enlightening, interesting and challenging workshop that provides delegates with the opportunity for honest self-reflection in a safe environment. Students take time to reflect on what has and still does influence their thoughts, values and opinions. 

Through this experiential session the following topics will be covered:

  • Define unconscious bias
  • Explain how unconscious bias affects our decision-making
  • Explain the adverse impact unconscious bias has, both on individuals and organisations
  • Detect and describe their own biases
  • Reduce incidents of unfair treatment in the work and study environment
  • Recognise how different peoples life experiences, upbringings, cultures, backgrounds and protected characteristics affect what we think and how we behave.

To register for a place please click the date you require below

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BFWG Research Presentations Day 2017

British Federation of Women Graduates
British Federation of Women Graduates

Do you have research you want to present?

BFWG Research Presentations Day 2017

BFWG (British Federation of Women Graduates) founded in 1907

Saturday June 10th 2017at BFWG HQ, 4 Mandeville Courtyard, 142 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 4NB

All welcome

BFWG holds a Research Presentations Day each year at which women postgraduate students are invited to give short presentations of their research work to a general audience.  A prize of £100 is offered for the presentation judged ‘best’ in terms of quality of presentation and ability to communicate the subject to an educated but general audience.  Those interested in making a presentation should go to to download an abstract submission form.  Abstracts should be submitted to

Closing date for abstracts is Friday April 28th 2017

It may be necessary to make a selection from abstracts submitted if there are too many entries for the time available.  Please note: BFWG is not able to pay travel or other expenses.

All undergraduates, postgraduates, members of BFWG and others who are interested will be very welcome to attend the RPD even if they do not wish to submit a paper.  There is no charge for bona fide students, whether or not they are presenting a paper, but there is a charge of £10 on the door for others.  (A sandwich lunch is provided).  The Research Presentations Day is usually a good opportunity to meet other postgraduate women students and to look objectively at the presentation styles of others.  It can be a useful learning experience and an opportunity for networking. 

If you wish to attend the day please contact: Dr Elizabeth Poskitt: if possible before June 3rd 2017 .

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New Researcher Developement: Leadership & Teamworking

Leadership & Teamworking

New Researcher Development Workshop

Leadership & Team-working Workshop 

Friday 19th May 2017

This half day workshop is designed specifically for postgraduates who are interested in further developing their skillset in order to enhance their employment prospects beyond graduation. When hiring new team members, the professional environment is now increasingly choosing individuals with transferable skills such as leadership, team-working, strong communication, negotiation and cooperative working. How an individual perceives their own working style, what their preferences are and how they interact with and manage others is a key part of this, and researchers can benefit from exploring their own personal method of working.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course:

  • the leadership case study will help students to recognise and relate to specific leadership practices and employ these in their own work;
  • participants will be able to apply the knowledge from the workshop to the development of their own personal leadership style;
  • participants will be introduced to team roles and will be able to identify their own personal preferences based on the Belbin SPI evaluation;
  • each participant will emerge with a personal action plan for their own professional development;
  • participants will be able to draw on the leadership and teamwork experience they gain at the workshop and apply this knowledge to real world environments.

 Course structure

  • An introduction to different organisational cultures.
  • An introduction to leadership: what is leadership? The different types and styles of leadership, finding leadership opportunities, leadership case study (or studies).
  • Team roles – Belbin SPI overview and group exercise. (**optional)
  • Group exercise – solve a problem, requires participation from all group members, negotiation skills, cooperation and competition with another group.
  • Design a personal action plan for professional development using action plan cards.


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