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 researchers and has now introduced a new CDA Scheme as part of the DTP2 funding award.

The CDA Scheme offers a non-HEI organisation from the private, public or third sectors the opportunity to develop a bespoke, three-year PhD project with an academic at one of the NWCDTP’s Higher Education institutions, across a wide range of arts and humanities pathways.

NWCDTP particularly welcomes applications for projects likely to attract applicants from under-represented groups.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards provide funding for a PhD researcher to complete the research project as a partnership between Higher Education Institutions and non-HEI organisation. The funding is awarded to the host HEI and the PhD researcher receives a stipend for the duration of the PhD.

The awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships, providing opportunities for doctoral researchers to develop research with direct impact onto an industry organisation and the wider community, while enhancing their professional profile. The projects also encourage and establish networks and connections that can have long-term benefits for all collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available.

See a list of current Awards here.

Intro to doctoral awards June 2021

Introduction to Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) – June 2021


Application and documents

Applications for the 2023 CDA scheme will open on the 12 July 2022 and will close on the 14 October 2022.

The CDA Application form is submitted online here.

 If you are a partner organisation with a potential CDA project idea and looking to find a relevant academic collaborator,  you can submit a 500 words proposal via our online CDA Expression of Interest Form and we will circulate it to our HEI members. Interested academics will then contact you directly to discuss a possible collaboration and potentially move forward to submit a joint application as per the general application process described above.


Applicants who would like bespoke support and advice, can contact the NWCDTP office ( to book a 30-minute one-to-one session from July to October 2021.

Recent CDA awards