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Ring-fenced studentships at AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)

12 Nov 2020

The AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) doctoral studentship competition is now open, including ring-fenced studentships for black, Asian, minority ethnic and disabled students.

The AHRC NWCDTP provides funding opportunities students to undertake doctoral research and training. They have 15 Pathways broadly organised as Histories, Cultures & Heritage; Creative and Performing Arts; Languages and Literatures. The consortium consists of the following institutions: Keele University, Lancaster University, Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Liverpool, the University of Manchester and the University of Salford. Students must have a confirmed offer on a doctoral programme at one of their member institutions before applying for NWCDTP funding. More information about the application process and what subjects they cover is available on their website.

The NWCDTP is committed to equality of opportunity and working to ensure their student cohort reflects the diverse community we serve. They have introduced a range of positive measures to assist in achieving these commitments, recognising in particular that black, Asian, minority ethnic and disabled students are currently underrepresented on their programmes and across the UK university sector. The introduction of these measures follows a review of their recruitment processes and forms part of a three-year plan they have developed to achieve greater diversity and better equality outcomes.

One of the steps the NWCDTP are taking as part of that plan is to introduce ring-fenced studentships during 2021 and 2022. In 2021, they will guarantee studentships for one candidate with a known disability and one candidate from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background. In 2022, they will guarantee two candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds a studentship. Applicants from these groups will, of course, also be considered as part of their recruitment to all of the available studentships. 

They will be running application workshops for those who are interested in applying: 

Tuesday 24 Nov, 10-11 (book your place here)
Tuesday 12 Jan, 10-11

International Students
The NWCDTP will offer up to 30% of its studentships to international students. Their applications will be considered as part of the standard award competition and will be subject to the same assessment criteria and schedule. Please check the NWCDTP website and that of your proposed institution to confirm eligibility and local arrangements concerning fees. 

Academic Eligibility
The NWCDTP is committed to working with students from underrepresented communities and those from non-traditional academic backgrounds. Successful students should normally have qualifications equivalent to a good honours degree (first or upper second class level) from an academic higher education institution. Degrees gained outside the UK are recognised. Students should normally possess or be studying for a postgraduate degree. Students can also offer a combination of qualifications and experience.