8 June 2018


Fixed Term

A PhD scholarship is available to undertake a project to discover the requirements of archives in South Yorkshire for web-archiving, the selective collection of ephemeral Internet content.

Important and unique content relevant to archival collections in South Yorkshire is increasingly published on the web in the form of personal blogs, forum content, event descriptions, and a range of social media. But such material is extremely ephemeral. We need ways to collect such material and understand the complex issues around storing and preserving it and offering public access to it. Technical solutions exist, but understanding of the issues around appraisal, collaboration, planning and enabling access are limited. Such an understanding is essential to building up-to-date collections, and to maintaining the relevance of our archives in a world where content is increasingly born digital. The aim of the PhD project is to investigate sustainable solutions to web-archiving for archives in South Yorkshire, investigating the needs of different types of archive in the region, and their users.

This project is supervised by Dr Andrew Cox, with Dr Jorge Martins.

Applicants should have an interest in archives, especially community archiving and public participation; the principles of web archiving, digital humanities and/or digital preservation. They should have excellent communication skills to deal with internal and external partners. Familiarity with research methods such as interviewing and focus groups is also desirable.

The University Research Resource Scholarship award will cover the cost of the UK/EU tuition fees and provide an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard RCUK research rate (for 2018/19 this was £14,777).

How to apply

You can apply for this scholarship opportunity by using the University of Sheffield’s online Admissions System. Applicants must submit a complete online application for admission as soon as possible and no later than the studentship deadline: Friday 8 June 2018

Further guidance on how to apply and documents you are required to submit is available here.

IMPORTANT: Please state in the admissions application that you wish to be considered for the PhD Studentship Through the University Research Resource Scholarship and use "Web-archiving needs of archives in South Yorkshire" as your Research Proposal Title and state Dr Andrew Cox as your Proposed Supervisor.

Use your Supporting Statement to explain why you are motivated to apply for this particular project, and what skills and experience you will bring to the project and elaborate on how you would approach the project theoretically and methodologically based on your previous academic training and experience.

Information Enquiries 

Please contact Dr Andrew Cox on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. 

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