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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


Doctoral Studentships (+2/+3)

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 5pm GMT on Friday 5 February 2021.

To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme at ONE of the seven NWCDTP institutions by Friday 15 January 2021 – Please note some institutions may have earlier deadlines.

Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 5 February 2021 (5pm) in order to be considered.

** Please note that the NWCDTP has made the decision to postpone the Studentship Allocation Committee from 7th April to the 23rd April 2021. Applicants will now be informed by the 30th April (not the 16th April) of the outcome of the competition. Please accept our apologies for this delay and any inconvenience this may cause.**

Please find below the application form, and guidance on how to apply. Please ensure to also submit an Equality and Diversity Monitoring form when you submit your funding application.

Any questions please contact your local administrator (see appendix 2 in the guidance) or contact


Ring Fenced Studentships

The NWCDTP is committed to equality of opportunity and working to ensure our student cohort reflects the diverse community we serve. We have introduced a range of positive measures to assist in achieving these commitments, recognising in particular that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled groups are currently underrepresented on our programmes and across the UK university sector. The introduction of these measures follows a review of our recruitment processes and forms part of a three-year plan we have developed to achieve greater diversity and better equality outcomes. 

One of the steps we are taking as part of that plan is to introduce ring-fenced studentships during 2021 and 2022. In 2021, we will guarantee studentships for one candidate with a known disability and one candidate from a BAME background. In 2022, we will guarantee two candidates from BAME backgrounds a studentship. Applicants from these groups will, of course, also be considered as part of our recruitment to all of the available studentships.

We will be running application workshops for those who are interested in applying (more information on this to be published here soon).

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the ring-fenced studentships will have the opportunity to identify themselves on the application form as wishing to be considered for these targeted studentships. Their applications will be considered as part of the standard award competition and will be subject to the same assessment criteria and schedule (see how to apply above).


Collaborative Doctoral Awards (+3)

The NWCDTP is also able to offer a number of Collaborative Doctoral Awards linked with partners.

Current projects being advertised for a September 2021 start:
















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.

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