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Prospective students

The AHRC NWCDTP provides funding opportunities students to undertake doctoral research and training. We have 15 discipline Pathways broadly organised as Histories, Cultures & Heritage; Creative and Performing Arts; Languages and Literatures (please see below).

The AHRC NWCDTP particularly welcomes applications from students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in Higher Education. We have made a commitment to supporting those communities that often have been marginalised. We are at the beginning of a process which we hope will address the underrepresentation and inequalities within our organisation. At the NWCDTP we are working to address imbalances and to promote equality of opportunity.

How to apply

Please note that the studentship competition for 2020/21 is now closed. We will publish information on how to apply for 2021-22 competition in October 2021.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us
















Subject pathways




 A pathway is a subject strand, specific to the North West Consortium DTP. It includes subject/department areas common to our 7 institutions and bring them together to form a cross-institutional subject area which brings the best researchers and academics in those fields. The pathways are lead by Pathway leaders in each institutions. Pathways have independence and can organise research conferences, training and other relevant events beneficial to their students.

The NWCDTP has 15 pathways in which students can apply for studentships. Below is the list of those pathways:

Histories, Cultures & Heritage

  • Classics
  • Heritage (Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies)
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Religions

Creative & Performing Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Visual Arts and Design

Languages & Literatures

  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Language-Based Area Studies
  • Modern Languages and Translation Studies

Pathway Leaders and Representative contact details





Read profile information for current students of the NWCDTP.