THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. ESRC North West Social Science DTP (NWSSDTP) PhD Studentships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2020-21

Type of award


Managing departments

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


Subject to residential eligibility status, the award covers tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (the annual maintenance stipend for 2019-20 is £15,009), a research training support grant and an opportunity to apply for additional funding towards overseas fieldwork, difficult language training, overseas institutional visits and internships. An additional disability allowance can be provided where appropriate.

Students opting to study part-time will receive a pro-rata maintenance stipend. 

Specified use

Tuition fees, research expenses and living allowance, subject to eligibility.

Tenable period

Studentships are available on +2, +3 and 1+3 bases for between 24 and 48 months. Part-time studentships are also available. Studentships are available for doctoral study and master's and doctoral study.

For taught master's only (i.e. MA)  funding, please see the Master's funding website. 

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

A number of awards are available on a competitive basis.

Funding provider

ESRC North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate taught
  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Arab World Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • History
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Academic requirements

Please refer to the application guidance here:

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from the UK and EU.

Other eligibility criteria

This award is available to existing postgraduate students.

International students may be eligible to apply depending on their residency status. Applicants should check the full residency criteria in the NWSSDTP guidelines here:

This award is available to postgraduate research students in year one, applying for funding for years two and three of a PhD.

Please refer to the application guidance here:

Application procedure

How to apply

Please see the application guidance on the NWSSDTP website and submit the ESRC NWSSDTP application form, research proposal, academic transcripts and references to Mrs Joanne Marsh, the Graduate School Senior Research Administrator at  by 5pm GMT, Monday 3 February 2020Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

An online application for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Manchester must be submitted by Monday 13 January 2020. This should be a complete application comprising of an application form and all necessary supporting documents.

Application form

Additional documentation

In addition to the application form, the following supporting documents are required:

  • Research proposal
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • References

Selection criteria

Please see the NWSSDTP website.

Selection body

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and the NWSSDTP Studentship Committee.

Closing date

03 Feb 2020

ESRC NWSSDTP applications must be submitted to Mrs Joanne Marsh by 5pm GMT, Monday 3 February 2020.

PhD programme applications must be submitted online by Monday 13 January 2020.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants no later than the end of March 2020. Due to the volume of applications, individual feedback will not be given.

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