AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) PhD Studentships 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

Faculty of Humanities


Subject to residential eligibility status, the award covers:

  • Tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend (the annual maintenance stipend for 2023-24 is £18,662)
  • A research training support grant
  • Opportunities 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

  • +3 - covering a full PhD programme
  • +2 - covering 2 years of study for current postgraduate researchers
Please see Additional Information the +2 application process.

Tenable period

Studentships available for both part-time and full-time programmes.

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 providers

Level(s) of study

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

  • 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:

  • Anthropology, Media and Performance
  • Arab World Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History and Visual Studies
  • Arts Management and Cultural Practices
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Criminology
  • Drama
  • East Asian Studies
  • English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Institute for Cultural Practices
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religions and Theology
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Social Anthropology
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

Academic requirements

You must meet the minimum academic requirements for your preferred programme, in addition to those specified by the AHRC NWCDTP.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

This award is available to existing postgraduate students.

Please refer to the application guidance on the AHRC NWCDTP website.

Application procedure

Stage 1:

You must submit a complete programme application for your chosen PhD programme by the funding deadline for your school (below). This is to ensure you hold an offer by the time of the NWCDTP committee. Otherwise, you will not be included in the competition.

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. Add a funding source and populate this as below:

Type of Funding: Research Council

Awarding Body (free text): AHRC NWCDTP

Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Stage 2:

The completed AHRC NWCDTP Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form must be submitted to the Humanities Doctoral Academy via hums.doctoralacademy.admissions@manchester.ac.uk no later than 5pm GMT 2 February 2024. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

Application form

Additional documentation

To be considered in the AHRC NWCDTP competition, your research proposal must be no longer than 1500 words. If you revise your research proposal following submission of your programme application, please attach the latest draft of your proposal along with the AHRC NWCDTP application form in your email to hums.doctoralacademy.admissions@manchester.ac.uk.

The academic transcripts and references submitted with your programme application will be attached to your AHRC NWCDTP application form and provided to the panels for review.

Selection criteria

  • Academic merit and preparedness for research
  • Quality and feasibility of research proposal
  • Consideration of ethical responsibility
Please see the Assessment Criteria detailed on the AHRC NWCDTP website.

Selection body

Applications are reviewed through a series of panels at School level, by AHRC NWCDTP Pathway representatives and leads, and by AHRC NWCDTP Institutional leads.

Closing date

02 Feb 2024

All AHRC NWCDTP Applications must be received by the Humanities Doctoral Academy before 5pm, 2 February 2024.

In advance of this, you must submit your completed programme application by the dates specified below to ensure you hold an offer at the time of funding selection (not applicable to +2):

  • Alliance Manchester Business School: 1 December 2023
  • School of Arts, Languages and Cultures: 12 January 2024
  • School of Education, Environment and Development: 12 January 2024
  • School of Social Sciences: 1 December 2023
  • Department of Philosophy: 12 January 2024

Please note that all deadlines are strict and applications received after 5pm or incomplete applications will not be included in the competition.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants by 7 May 2024.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by several panels across a number of institutions.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

Additional information

+2 Applications:

To be eligible for +2 funding, you must be enrolled upon a PhD Programme at the University of Manchester with at least 2 years remaining, and you must meet the academic requirements for +3 funding, specified above. To apply, please submit your latest 1500 word research proposal along with the completed AHRC NWCDTP application form to the Humanities Doctoral Academy via hums.doctoralacademy.admissions@manchester.ac.uk no later than 5pm GMT, 2 February 2023.

We may also reach out to you to request your academic transcripts and references, if we do not already have them.

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