Advancing Collection Development through Supporting Refugee Publishing - Strategies for Libraries

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/International (including EU at international rates from Sept 21) and additional allowances

Duration: Full-time – between three and a half and 4 years fixed term

Application deadline: 4 June 2023 (international), 31 August 2023 (UK)

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2023

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Janneke Adema.

Project details

The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC) and the National Library of Scotland (NLS) seek a doctoral student for a fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentship, awarded by the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium and supported by the Scottish Refugee Council. The project will be supervised by Janneke Adema (Associate Professor Digital Media) and Judith Fathallah (Research Fellow) at the CPC and Patrick Hart (Curator) and Sarah Ames (Digital Scholarship Librarian) at the NLS. 

100 million people are displaced globally. Collecting and conserving refugees' writings and making them accessible and visible has never been more important. But doing so presents libraries with significant challenges and raises profound questions regarding libraries' purposes. This project will examine how libraries collect and present the writings of displaced people and explore whether libraries might play more active roles in supporting publishing by displaced people and other minoritised communities. It will pay particular attention to the challenges and opportunities presented by new forms of digital publishing.

The student will spend time with both the CPC and the NLS. The project welcomes both UK and international applicants, and those wishing to study full-time or part-time. We particularly welcome applicants currently underrepresented in doctoral student cohorts, including those with lived experience of forced migration.


Full tuition fees and stipend (£18,622 p/a). 

Up to £1,650 in further support from CU (£550 annually for 3 years) over the course of the Studentship, from identified additional stipend payment funds made available by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for these purposes.

Coventry University Research Support Allowance (per financial year for 3 years) up to £250 for full time (or up to £125 for part time), non-accumulative, with a one-off £300 fee for the PGR to attend (a) conference(s).

The National Library of Scotland provides £1,000 support per twelve month period for each of the first three years of the Studentship and up to a maximum of £500 during the final year of the Studentship (£3,500 over the course of the Studentship).


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. 

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Candidate specification

  • A bachelor’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), or an equivalent award from an overseas institution.
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 4 years
  • An adequate proficiency in English must be demonstrated by applicants whose first language is not English.  The general requirement is a minimum overall IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four sections, or the TOEFL iBT test with a minimum overall score of 95 with a minimum of 21 in each of the four sections.

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How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Janneke Adema.

All applications require a covering letter and a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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