NWCDTP Placement Scheme

The scheme supports AHRC-funded doctoral researchers who want to collaborate with non-academic partners through collaborative projects during their PhD’s funded period. Projects are financially supported through an extension to the scholarship for a duration equivalent to the length of the project.

All AHRC-funded postgraduate researchers (including fees-only funded PGRs) who will be in their three-year funded period at the time of the proposed placement are eligible to apply. Placements must start before the end of the awarded period.

PhD researchers can either respond to our Partner-Led opportunities, when these are advertised throughout the year, or apply with their own placement project through the Researcher-led strand, according to the deadlines outlined below. 

Researcher-led placements: Deadlines for doctoral researchers

NWCDTP doctoral researchers can apply for Researcher-led placements three times per year. Please note that other Partner-Led and National/International opportunities that we may advertise, have their own deadlines and procedures, and these will be publicised case by case.

2020-21

  • 8 November 2020 (for projects starting from January 2021)
  • 7 February 2021 (for projects starting from April 2021)
  • 6 June 2021 (for projects starting from September 2021)

2021-22

  • 7 November 2021 (for projects starting from January 2022)
  • 6 February 2022 (for projects starting from April 2022)
  • 5 June 2022 (for projects starting from September 2022)

All deadlines at 23:59 UK time.

How to apply

In order to apply, please complete the online PGR Placement Application Form and submit it before the relevant deadline.

You will be prompted to upload all relevant documentation, according to the placement stream you are applying for. All applications require a statement of support from the main supervisor, for the preparation of which you will find guidance in the relevant section in the form. For full details on the scheme, with information on eligibility, funding and reporting requirements, please read the Guidance Document.

Once the Application Form is received, we will work with you to

If you would like advice on developing a project idea, please contact your PGR Placements and Partnerships Officer, Dr. Rosalinda Quintieri (rosalinda.quintieri@manchester.ac.uk). 

Partner Led Placements

Applicants to placement projects proposed by our NWCDTP partners need to complete and submit the online PGR Placement Application Form by the deadlines advertised with the specific call. 

The supervisor will be able to add their comments and signature directly on the shareable online form.

If the project requires you to travel or to find accommodation, you will be able to include a claim to the Student Development Fund directly from the online form. 

Researcher Led Placements

Applicants to self-initiated placement projects need to complete and submit the online PGR Placement Application Form by one of the above three deadlines.

The supervisor will be able to add their comments and signature directly on the shareable online form.

If the project requires you to travel or to find accommodation, you will be able to include a claim to the Student Development Fund directly from the online form.

In addition, for this stream, you will need to upload the following additional documentation (templates downloadable from the online form):

  • A Partner Information form which includes a statement of support from the partner, which should comment on the value of the collaboration with the specific skills and expertise of the PhD researcher who is applying;
  • A Project Defintion Document, with details of objectives and specific outputs related to the projectwhich will need to be completed in collaboration with the chosen partner.