North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

Fully funded scholarships in the Arts and Humanities

Manchester Met is proud to be a member of the prestigious North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP).

This ambitious scheme, accredited by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), allows us to offer fully funded PhD scholarships in thefollowing broad pathways:

English   Linguistics  History   Classics   Heritage   Philosophy   Visual Arts: Art and Design   Creative Writing   Media and Cultural Studies   Dance, Drama and Performing Arts   Music  

Scholarship opportunities

Through the North West Consortium DTP, we offer two types of scholarship:

2019/20 open competition

The open competition allows you devise your own research project aligned to one of the relevant Arts and Humanities areas listed above.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 14 January 2019.

The awards cover your full tuition fees and – subject to your residency status – an annual stipend (see Eligibility criteria below). The stipend is set each year by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); in 2018/19, it was £14,777.

Why join us?

As a postgraduate researcher at Manchester Met, you will benefit from:

You will also benefit from being part of the wider North West Consortium community. There will be opportunities to network with colleagues at universities across the North West, as well as to attend a range of training and development activities run by the North West Consortium.

Find out more and apply

Before applying, you should discuss your research with a relevant academic. To arrange this, please contact, +44 (0)161 247 6673.

When you are ready to apply, visit our application pages:

The deadline for applications to us is midnight on 14 January 2019. You will then also need to apply to the NWCDTP by 5pm on 8 February (see more under Application and selection process below).

More information

What is the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)?

The NWCDTP, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, was established in 2014. The consortium is committed to providing high-quality doctoral training across the whole range of the Arts and Humanities.

The NWCDTP is a collaboration between us and the universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford, as well as the Royal Northern College of Music.

The North West Consortium funds PhD scholarships, and provides additional funding to support students' personal and professional development.

Find out more about the North West Consortium

Eligibility criteria

The NWCDTP awards scholarships to students who can demonstrate consistently high academic performance. Students must have a good honours degree at first-class or upper second-class level. It is also expected that candidates should possess or be studying for a Master's degree.

The awards are open to UK and EU applicants only. EU applicants are normally eligible only for an award that covers their fees, unless they have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the date of the award.

The awards are available for full-time or part-time study.

Find out more on eligibility

Application and selection process

The North West Consortium application and selection process involves two stages. You are strongly advised to discuss your project with a member of academic staff before applying. To arrange this, please contact

  • Application to Manchester Met. You must apply to us by 14 January 2019. We will review your application and invite the strongest candidates to interview. Candidates who are successful at interview will be offered a place to study here.
  • Application to the North West Consortium. There is a separate application form to apply to the NWCDTP. This must be completed and sent to by 5 pm on 8 February 2019. The NWCDTP anticipate making final decisions on applications for scholarships by early April. The application form and guidance notes are available on the NWCDTP website.
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