Prospective applicants

The AHRC NWCDTP provides funding for postgraduate researchers to undertake doctoral research and training. We have 15 discipline Pathways broadly organised as Histories, Cultures & Heritage; Creative and Performing Arts; Languages and Literatures. You can read about our Pathways, and see what kind of doctoral work has been funded in each one, on their dedicated pages.

The AHRC NWCDTP particularly welcomes applications from prospective candidates from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in Higher Education. We have made a commitment to supporting those communities that often have been marginalised. We are at the beginning of a process which we hope will address the underrepresentation and inequalities within our organisation. At the NWCDTP we are working to address imbalances and to promote equality of opportunity.

TO CLARIFY: Applications need to be sent directly to your institution by the 3 Feburary (not to the NWCDTP as may have been suggested).


How to apply

Doctoral Studentships (+2/+3)


The deadline for applications to be submitted is 5pm GMT on Friday 3 February 2023.

To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme at ONE of the seven NWCDTP institutions by Friday 13 January 2023 – Please note some institutions may have earlier deadlines, please check with your local administrator before applying.

Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 3 February 2023 (5pm GMT) in order to be considered.

Please find below the application form, and guidance on how to apply. Please ensure to also submit an Equality and Diversity Monitoring form when you submit your funding application. Please ensure that you take into account our initiatives and policies around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion when preparing an application. Please also ensure that you look at our Sustainability Toolkit when preparing an application.

Any questions please contact your local administrator (see appendix 2 in the guidance) or contact

Ring Fenced Studentships

The NWCDTP is committed to equality of opportunity and working to ensure our cohort of postgraduate researchers reflects the diverse community we serve. We have introduced a range of positive measures to assist in achieving these commitments, recognising in particular that postgraduate researchers from Global Majority, Disabled, and Socioeconomically Unequal communities are currently underrepresented on our programmes and across the UK university sector. The introduction of these measures follows a review of our recruitment processes and forms part of a three-year plan we have developed to achieve greater diversity and better equality outcomes.

One of the steps we have taken as part of that plan was to introduce ring-fenced studentships during a 2 year period (2021-2023). In 2022/3, we will guarantee one candidate from Global Majority (including heritage) communities a studentship. Applicants from these groups will, of course, also be considered as part of our recruitment to all of the available studentships. Students who consider themselves to be from socioeconomically unequal backgrounds are able to apply for our Broken Pipeline scholarship. Finally, as a means for addressing problematic disparity within the discipline, we are offering one ring-fenced studentship to a Female (female in this context meaning anyone identifying as a woman) Philosophy student. These ring-fenced studentships, apart from the Broken Pipeline scholarship, are open to International applicants.

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the ring-fenced studentships will have the opportunity to identify themselves on the application form as wishing to be considered for these targeted studentships. Their applications will be considered as part of the standard award competition and will be subject to the same assessment criteria and schedule (see how to apply above).


Applications workshops

We will be running online application workshops via Zoom for those who are interested in applying. Please find below dates, times and details on how to join our workshops :

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us


Subject pathways

A pathway is a subject strand, specific to the North West Consortium DTP. It includes subject/department areas common to our 7 institutions and bring them together to form a cross-institutional subject area which brings the best researchers and academics in those fields. The pathways are lead by Pathway leaders in each institutions. Pathways have independence and can organise research conferences, training and other relevant events beneficial to their students.

The NWCDTP has 15 pathways in which students can apply for studentships. Below is the list of those pathways:

Histories, Cultures & Heritage

  • Classics
  • Heritage (Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies)
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Religions

Creative & Performing Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Visual Arts and Design

Languages & Literatures

  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Language-Based Area Studies
  • Modern Languages and Translation Studies

Pathway Leaders and Representative contact details (updated 01.02.2023)