AHRC Innovation Placements – Deadline 12th July 2018

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The AHRC NWCDTP is inviting applications for Innovation Placements to take place between 1st September 2018 and 30th September 2019.

Innovation placements are intended to provide an opportunity for students who have just finished their PhD to work with industry partners for a period of six months. These placements are intended to help build a cohort of talented individuals with the transferable skills that will aid their transition between Higher Education and industry sectors and enhance their employability.

Eligibility of Researchers

  • To be eligible, applicants must have submitted their thesis and this must be no longer than six months prior to the start of the placement.
  • Applicants must be AHRC-funded students (but not restricted to NWCDTP students).

Note: completing a placement would not normally constituted grounds for an extension to any period granted to complete minor or major modifications or to revise and resubmit.


Duration of the placements

The duration of a placement must be 6 months.


Nature of the Placements

  • The placements will need to be based with an industry partner in the area of design or in the creative sector. We are using the term Creative Sector to indicate a broad range of potential topics that will involve engagement with the commercial endeavours of the Creative Industries[1].
  • The placements would need to be able to offer skills and career development for the successful candidate(s).



Successful candidate will receive a pay of £26,495 per annum pro-rata and, depending on the nature and location of the placement, additional funds to cover travel/other costs.


Recruitment Process

In order to apply for these placements, the candidate must submit the Application Form to NWCDTP@manchester.ac.uk  by 4pm on Thursday 12 July 2018.  Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Download the application form here. A short statement from the placement host would need to be submitted in addition to the application form to confirm that the partner organisation is happy with the arrangements.

The British Library has sent a list of opportunities as part of the scheme and can be found  here.  If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact Dr James Perkins, Research and Postgraduate Development Manager:  James.Perkins@bl.uk, who will be able to assist you with your enquiries.

The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) has sent a list of placement opportunities that you can apply for as part of this scheme, please contact the relevant contact named in the list.  The placements can be found here.

Please note that students can come up with their own placements.


Start Dates of Studentships

The placements need to take place between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019.


[1] We are basing our interpretation of the ‘Creative Industries’ on the DCMS definition – ‘those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.’ However, we are also extending this to include any organisation or business which uses creative elements without necessarily being a ‘creative industry’ (for example, a designer working within a banking organisation). Note: There are thirteen sub-sectors under the term ‘creative industries’ and these are: advertising and marketing; architecture; crafts; design; fashion; film, TV, video, radio and photography; software and computer games; museums, galleries and libraries; music, performing and visual arts; and publishing.’