Current placements

Please see below a list of available placements for current students of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.

Please note that NWCDTP students are also proposing their own placements, at organisations such as Multi-Lingual Manchester, FACT and have been accepted to take placements, at a number of non-HEI organisations including The People’s History Museum, Opera North, the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and Grizedale Arts.  If you would like any guidance on how to propose your own placement, please contact Louise Davies –

Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT)

National Trust

The British Library PhD Research Placements

The British Library has just released the call for its PhD Research Placements.  A PhD research placement at the British Library provides the chance to experience research in a different environment to that of a university, to engage with a range of research users and audiences, to gain insights into different potential postdoctoral career paths, and to make a tangible contribution to the purposes and programmes of a national library and major cultural organisation.

Please see this link for full details of the range of projects being offered and the application process.

Please note that the deadline is Monday 19th February 2018.

Chetham’s Library

Opera North

Opera North welcomes applications for placements based on its Research Agenda 2017-2020.  If anyone would like to submit a placement proposal, please don’t hesitate to contact me for further advice.


Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

The collections held by Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service have been recognised as being of national importance, as recognised by the award of Designated Status.  The Archives welcome placement proposals based on their collections.

 Whitworth Galleries & Manchester Museum Partnership

This placement is working with The Whitworth Gallery and Manchester Museum Partnership and Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester, to explore the role and value of gallery’s relationship to the Whitworth Park in the gallery’s engagement and learning programme. – Deadline 15th January (there is some flexibility with this deadline).

The AHRC International Placement Scheme

The call for this placement scheme was released earlier this month and it offers you the opportunity to apply for a placement at one of the six highly prestigious institutions listed:

  • The Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin;
  • The Huntington Library
  • The Library of Congress
  • National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai
  • Smithsonian Institution, California
  • The Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut

If you are interested in applying, you need to go to the AHRC IPS page and click on the Je-S link in “How to make an application”.  You will need to set up an account for yourself and follow the guidance notes on How to Complete the Je-S Application Form for AHRC International Placement Scheme.  Once your Je-S application is ready, it can be submitted on your behalf by your home institution.

You will see that the AHRC’s deadline is 25th January at 16:00 – however there is an internal deadline for NWCDTP applications of Thursday 11th January 2018.  This is to allow for the administration of these applications to be completed.  I would emphasise that you need to read the guidance notes carefully and I have uploaded a presentation that the AHRC delivered at Manchester relating to this scheme.  AHRC IPS EVENT PRESENTATION.

Application guidance

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Application guidance

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Placement profiles

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Further details

For further information or advice on placements please contact Dr Louise Davies.

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 2657