Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs)


The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) is committed to engaging with non-HEI organisations to promote academic collaboration and innovative training opportunities for its highly talented PhD students and has now introduced a new CDA Scheme as part of the DTP2 funding award.


The CDA Scheme offers a non-HEI organization from the private, public or third sectors the opportunity to develop a bespoke, three-year project with an academic at one of the NWCDTP’s Higher Education institutions. A doctoral student will then be recruited to research the project.


The NWCDTP offers CDAs across a wide range of arts and humanities pathways, details of which can be found below:

NWCDTP Pathways



Key dates for the CDA Scheme are set out below:

August 2019                                 CDA project competition opens

18 October 2019                          Deadline for submission of CDA project applications

18 November 2019                      CDA Allocation Committee

By 29 November 2019                 NWCDTP notifies outcome of CDA project proposals

November 2019 – March 2020    A student is recruited to the CDA project if one has not been identified when the project is proposed.

13 March 2020                              Students nomination forms are submitted to the DTP.

September 2020                           CDA students start PhD


Links to the CDA Application form, Process and Guidance Notes and the Student Nomination Form are given below:

CDA Application Form

CDA Process and Guidance Notes

CDA Student Nomination Form

Please send all completed completed CDA applications to: and copy in

For further information on any aspect of the CDA process or for guidance on academics who are working in the area of research that you would like to develop a CDA proposal, please contact: