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 process outlined below.

How to apply

In order to apply for a Researcher-Led placement, please complete the online PGR Placement Application Form and submit it well in advance of your desired placement start date (2-3 months in advance). Due to the current fluidity imposed by Covid-19 restrictions, there are not deadlines to apply to the Researcher-Led strand. For Partner-led opportunities, we will advertise details and specific deadlines in relation to each project in the relevan Call.

The online application form will prompt you 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, who will be able to add their comments and signature directly to the shareable online form.

For full details on the scheme, with information on eligibility, funding and reporting requirements, please read the Guidance Document.

If you would like to start a Researcher-Led placement but need support in getting started with the project idea and/or partner relationship, you can draft a Placement Proposition Form and send it to your PGR Placements and Partnerships Officer, Dr Rosalinda Quintieri (rosalinda.quintieri@manchester.ac.uk), who will be able to advise and support you in the ideation and starting of your placement idea. This process should be initiated at least 6 months before your desired project starting date.  

Please note: Given the current Covid-19 situation, until further notice the NWCDTP require any funding applications involving travel to be accompanied by written approval to travel from your institution. Please use the “Additional Document Upload” field in the online application form to attach this additional documentation (eg pdf of email correspondence with School PGR Office representative confirming approval). 

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 deadline advertised with the specific call.

If the project requires you to travel or to find accommodation, you can request additional funding separately, via the Student Development Fund

Researcher Led Placements

Applicants to self-initiated placement projects need to complete and submit the online PGR Placement Application Form 2 to 3 months in advance of the desired placement start date.

If the project requires you to travel or to find accommodation, you can request additional funding separately, via the Student Development Fund.

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 Definition Document, with details of objectives and specific outputs related to the projectwhich will need to be completed in collaboration with the chosen partner.