NWCDTP PGR Placements and Knowledge Exchange Initiatives

The scheme supports AHRC-funded doctoral researchers who want to collaborate with non-academic partners through placements and other Knowledge Exchange 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 apply to respond to our NWCDTP Partner-led opportunities available, apply with their own placement project through the Researcher-led strand or request support to apply to other National/International schemes.  For details on the application process for each of these streams please see the section How to Apply, below.

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 taking place in May – August 2020)
  • 7 June 2020 (for projects taking place September – December 2020)

2020-21

  • 8 November 2020 (for projects taking place January – April 2021)
  • 7 February 2021 (for projects taking place May – August 2021)
  • 6 June 2021 (for projects taking place September – December 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 Projects

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 Projects

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 this Researcher-led strand will also be asked to:

  • Upload a Project Proposal Form, with details of objectives and specific outcomes related to the projectwhich will need to be completed in collaboration with the chosen partner;
  • Upload a letter 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. Please refer to the relevant section of the PGR Application Form for details on the format and points to consider in this statement.
Other National & International Placement Schemes

For national and international placement and knowledge exchange opportunities advertised on this website – eg AHRC International Placement Scheme and Cabinet Office placements – different processes and rules may apply. For some of these opportunities, for instance, there might be the requirement to apply directly to the external organisation. Applicants should read carefully the details of each Call and contact the Placements and Partnerships Officer Dr. Rosalinda Quintieri (rosalinda.quintieri@manchester.ac.uk) if they wish to receive feedback or advice on their applications before applying. Applicants to these opportunities can still apply to request an extension of their scholarship and to cover the expenses element of these placements, if these are not already covered by the main scheme, by submitting a PGR Application Form, selecting the option ‘Other national/international scheme’ at the beginning of the form.