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North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

NWCDTP Funded PhD Studentships for 2019-2020

In 2018, the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) was awarded over £6 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers as part of Phase 2 of the DTP.

The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Salford, Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, MMU, and the RNCM which between them award NWC PhD studentships annually. A full postgraduate award for full-time study provides funds to meet:

-The payment of approved fees to the institution

- A maintenance grant

The level of the grant for the current academic year 2018-19 is as follows (the level of the grant for 2019-20 and the following years is subject to confirmation from the AHRC):

Maintenance Grant £14,777.

The Consortium also provides access to additional funding for field research and further training.

The studentships and training initiatives of various kinds, span the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. As part of the scheme, the AHRC is also funding placement opportunities and additional skills training, working alongside partner organisations including museums, galleries, cultural organisations and businesses.

The competition is now open for applications for the 2019/2020 academic year and potential applicants are invited to submit to the University of Salford as follows:


The University of Salford invites expressions of interest from potential candidates to be submitted to Pathway Representatives/potential supervisors by Wednesday 12 December 2018.

Salford Pathway Representatives:


Mike Nevell-

Creative Writing

Scott Thurston -

Dance, Drama and Performing Arts

Richard Talbot –


Lucia Nigri –


Christopher Murphy –


Nicholas Kang-Riou

Media and Cultural Studies

Leslie McMurtry  -

Carole O’Reilly


Seamus Simpson  -


Alan Williams -

Visual Arts: Arts and Design

Seamus Simpson –


To apply for an award at the University of Salford, candidates must have applied for a place on a PhD programme by Monday 14 January 2019.

Applications to the University of Salford can be made at the following link:


Candidates must also submit an NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 8 February 2019 (5pm) in order to be considered.

Applications to the NWC competition can be made at the following link:

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the relevant pathway representative and prospective supervisors before submission of a formal application to the University and to the NWC.

For general advice concerning the NWC studentship competition, please contact in the first instance.