Research Councils UK and Doctoral Training Alliance Funding

Manchester Metropolitan is a member of several prestigious scholarship partnerships with the UK Research Councils. We are also part of University Alliance's Doctoral Training Alliance.

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.


Please note that these awards are only available to UK and EU nationals and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate. 
Find out more about academic requirements and eligibility.  

Please note that the application process for this type of 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 offers two White Rose DTP Pathway Awards

Manchester Met offers White Rose DTP pathway awards in two of the seven interdisciplinary themed training pathways:  

Applicants should, as a first step, make contact with the Manchester Met pathway contact as below:
1. Education, Childhood and Youth (ECY) – Professor Rachel Holmes
Email:, Phone: +44 (0) 161 247 2059
2. Wellbeing, Health and Communities – Professor Rebecca Lawthom
Email:, Phone: +44 (0) 161 247 2559

North West Consortium
Doctoral Training


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 is a partner on Transformation NW.
This is a fully-funded doctoral training programme that applies design and creative techniques to maximise new product and service opportunities for business in the North West. Students co-create a programme of applied research in collaboration with large and small businesses. Transformation NW aims to enhance growth and prosperity in the region in support of the industrial strategy.

Transformation NW is funded by the AHRC as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

NPIF Studentships – October 2018 Cohort

The AHRC NWCDTP has been given funding for 4 studentships to start in October 2018 under the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).
These additional awards will be allocated to two areas as follows:

Nature of the Studentships

The support for A.I. builds on the recent report published by BEIS and DCMS, ‘Growing the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the UK’ (
More broadly, the funding for these studentships is to support skills gaps and vulnerabilities relevant to recognised and identified industrial need, including new approaches that are enabled by big data and novel analytical tools.
Studentships would need to demonstrate alignment with the Industrial Strategy and involve an industry engagement or collaboration with an industry partner.
In case of a Collaborative Doctoral Award proposal, applications should be made jointly by a supervisor in one of the NWCDTP institutions and a co-supervisor at a non-HEI organisation.

Start Dates of Studentships

These awards are to start in the academic year 2018/19 and our expectation is that they will all start by October 2018.


Applicants should, as a first step, make contact with the Manchester Met pathway contact:

Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Admissions,  01612476673


Doctoral Training           
Alliance (DTA)         

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Manchester Met is a member of University Alliance's Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA). 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 produces 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.

We are part of the extended University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA3/COFUND). This brings together University Alliance's existing doctoral training initiatives in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy following a €6.5million award from the European Union.

We are advertising three PhD projects as part of the first wave of COFUND projects:

Applications are made via University Alliance's COFUND site. The deadline is Monday 8 October 2018.

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