Current placement opportunities

The following OOC DTP placements are currently available for you to apply for.


Rugby School's Schools of Empire project:


Schools of Empire: Class and Colonialism, c.1750–c.1945 is a research project to study the role that class and colonialism played in the history of Rugby and other British schools. Hosted by the History Department at Rugby School, the direction of the Schools of Empire project is overseen by an independent academic advisory board.

Drawing on the rich resources of the Rugby School Archives, one of the central aims of the project is to facilitate and support independent research. Over the course of the project, internships will be offered to support doctoral researchers interested in exploring the historical intersection between schools, class and colonialism.

The proposed topics for internships are:

  • Race, Class and Empire in Rugby School Magazines
  • Edges of Empire: the experiences of early overseas students
  • Exploration, Natural History and Empire: Rugby School Natural History Society
  • Chapel life and Empire
  • From Slavery to Abolition: the Hibberts, Rugby and Victorian Britain (preparatory curatorial research for an exhibition)

Doctoral researchers will explore the archival collections of the School in digital and physical format, pursuing original research. These grants will last up to 12 weeks. Suggested outcomes, alongside original research, include: delivering a paper to the upper school history society, Hydra, an article in the department’s history journal, The Bloxam Project, and a blog post on the project website. The anticipated archival time on site is no more than 1–2 weeks in total; the majority of the internships will be conducted remotely using digital resources gathered at source. Interns will be supported with additional funding from Rugby School to cover travel and associated expenses such as accommodation.


Key details

Organisation's website:

Skills, knowledge or experience needed: An interest in history, archives and museum exhibitions

Placement timeframe: Up to twelve weeks in length. The placement may take place any time from September 2021 - July 2022, by mutual agreement with the school. 

To apply

Please email with a CV and a short letter detailing your interest in this opportunity, by Friday 18 June 2021.