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Research Councils UK and Doctoral Training Alliance Funding

Manchester Metropolitan is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance and several RCUK scholarship funding partnerships:

White Rose Social Science Doctoral
Training Partnership - ESRC accredited


The WRDTP brings the social sciences research excellence of Manchester Metropolitan University and the Universities of Hull, Bradford and Sheffield Hallam University into the successful White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (Universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds) consortium.
This innovative and dynamic new scheme, one of 14 new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited partnerships across the UK, will offer training in seven interdisciplinary themed training pathways providing future social science postgraduate students with the highest quality doctoral research training.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Education, has succeeded in obtaining a Collaborative Award - applications for this are now open. 
This fully funded scholarship is open to nationals from the UK (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates).  
EU applicants are eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.
For information on this project, how to apply and query contacts go to: 2-Curious: More Than Words - the deadline for submission to Manchester Met has passed: midnight 3 May 2017 
Please note that the application process for this award is a two step process.
Following a successful interview with Manchester Met, the candidate's application will be put forward for review by the ESRC-WRDTP office.

Manchester Met also offers White Rose DTP Pathway Awards in the following 2 Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways:

  1. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY) – via the Department of Social Care and Social Policy; and the Faculty of Education
  2. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC) – via the Department of Social Care and Social Work
    For more information on these pathways, please visit

The February 2017 call for Pathway applications is now closed - information on the next call will be posted when available. 

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership 


The NWCDTP has been awarded £14 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers. It brings together Manchester Metropolitan University with the Universities of Liverpool, Keele, Lancaster, Manchester, Salford and the Royal Northern College of Music, awarding around 200 PhD studentships over a five year period. 

Manchester Met offers pathways in:
- Art and Design (reference AHRC-ART-DESIGN )
Art, History (including Architecture), Dance, Drama & Performing Arts, Media & Communication, Museum Studies, Music, Visual Arts: Art and Design (including Architecture)
- Humanities (reference AHRC-HUMANITIES)
Archaeology, Classics, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English, History, Linguistics, Media and communication, Museum Studies and Philosophy

The February 2017 call for applications is now closed - information on the next call will be posted when available.

Doctoral Training           
Alliance (DTA)         

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To strengthen the UK's research and innovation ecosystem, the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) model has been created in response to industry needs. The training will produce independent, highly-employable researchers with expertise and skills in strategically important research areas. The DTA is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.
Doctoral Programmes in the areas of Applied Biosciences for Health and Energy are on offer.

The DTA offers PhD students a fully-funded postgraduate programme, an expert support network and improved employment opportunities. This will include access to a broader professional online community where they can benefit from the extensive reach of the Doctoral Training Alliance. Find out more information here.





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