NWCDTP Placement Scheme

We are still open, in remote!

We know this is an uncertain time for many people and we are committed to minimise the impact and disruption this situation is causing. We would like to assure you that we are still taking applications for placements and knowledge exchange opportunities, that we have redesigned for remote delivery, and you can can still reach us for information and advice (rosalinda.quintieri@manchester.ac.uk).

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 or apply with their own placement project through the Researcher-led strand.

Deadlines for doctoral researchers

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

2019-20

  • 23 February 2020 (for projects starting from April 2020)
  • You can submit proposals for summer placements on a rolling basis

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)

All deadlines at 23:59 UK time.

How to apply

All applicants are required to complete the online PGR Application Form and submit it before the relevant deadline. The form will prompt the applicant to upload relevant documentation, as detailed in the sections below for Partner Led and Researcher Led projects.  All applications require a statement of support from the main supervisor, particularly in relation to PhD progression and the benefits of the opportunity to the applicant’s professional development. Guidance on format and points to consider can be found in the relevant section of the PGR Application Form. Full details on the scheme, with information on eligibility, funding and reporting requirements, are available on the Guidance Document.

Partner Led Placements

Applicants to placement projects proposed by our NWCDTP partners need to complete and submit the online PGR Application Form by one of the above deadlines. In order to complete this application form, applicants will need obtain a statement of support from their main supervisor, who will be able to add their comments and signature on the shareable online form. Guidance on format and points to consider in this statement can be found in the relevant section of the online form.  The form will also prompt the applicant to claim for allowable additional expenses under the Student Development Fund scheme if they require additional support for accommodation and/or travel costs in order to take up the placement.

Researcher Led Placements

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

In order to complete this application form, applicants will need a statement of support from their main supervisor, who will be able to add their comments and signature on the online form. Guidance on format and points to consider can be found in the relevant section of the online form.

The form will also the applicant to claim for allowable additional expenses under the Student Development Fund scheme if they require additional support for accommodation and/or travel costs in order to take up the placement.

Applicants to the Researcher-led strand will be prompt to upload (templates downloaded 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 Charter (lean) form with details of objectives and specific outputs related to the projectwhich will need to be completed in collaboration with the chosen partner.