Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), led by The University of Manchester, is one of 10 consortia who will share more than £170 million in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over eight years.  This equates to funding and training for at least 225 new researchers in the arts and humanities through the NWCDTP.

 

Deadline for applications: 5.00 pm GMT on 8th February 2019

Applicants to the Sociology Department at Lancaster must be planning to study in the Cultural Studies pathway.

To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme by Monday 14 January 2019.  Please note that your application for admission onto your chosen programme must be complete (no missing documents) when submitted by this deadline. Please indicate in the 'Source of Funding' section of your programme application that you are applying for AHRC funding.  Alternatively, if you have already submitted your programme application, please contact us at fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk. In order to be eligible for NWCDTP funding you must have been offered and accepted a place on a programme at Lancaster University by 8 February 2019.

You must also submit an NWCDTP Funding Application by 5.00 pm GMT on 8 February 2019 in order to be considered. Applicants are stronglyadvised to liaise with prospective supervisors when completing the studentship application form.

Further information about the NWCDTP and the studentships on offer is available via the NWCDTP website, as are the application forms and guidance notes.  Please check that you meet the academic and residential eligibility criteria on page 2 of the guidance notes before applying.  Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to fass-pg@lancaster.ac.ukalong with the separate Equality and Diversity Form (also available from the NWCDTP website).

AHRC details of eligibility and the different kinds of studentship funding on offer can be found on the AHRC website.

The deadline for applications for 2018-19 is 5.00 pm GMT on 8 February 2019.  There is only one closing date for funding applications each year and there is no flexibility on this date.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I eligible to apply for an AHRC studentship?

Eligibility criteria can be found on page 2 of the Studentship Guidance:

http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=39684

Can I apply if I've already done so but been turned down?

Yes; the fact you've been previously turned down is not held against you.

Can I apply if I'm already undertaking doctoral study?

Yes, as long as you will not have completed 12 months of doctoral study (FTE) by 1 October 2019.

Can I apply for 1+3 funding?

No. The AHRC is not offering 1+3 funding (ie a Masters degree followed by a PhD), it is only offering PhD funding.

I am an overseas applicant; can I apply for an AHRC studentship?

  • Candidates must have a relevant connection with the UK in order to qualify for a full award. This includes candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application and resident for this 3-year period for reasons other than education. Also candidates that have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971.
  • Candidates from EU countries other than the UK are now eligible for full awards maintenance and tuition fees if they have been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of their programme.
  • Candidates from EU countries who have not resided in the UK for three years prior to the start of their programme will be eligible for a fees-only award.

For further information on residential eligibility please refer to the AHRC webpage:

http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/skills/training/

When is the deadline to submit my AHRC studentship application to Lancaster University?

To apply for an award you must have applied for a place on a programme at Lancaster University by Monday 14 January 2019. Please note that your application for admission onto your chosen programme must be complete (no missing documents) when submitted by this deadline.

You must also submit a NWCDTP (AHRC) studentship application by 8 February 2019 (5pm) in order to be considered.

Do I need to have accepted an offer of a place on my chosen programme in order to apply for the AHRC funding?

In order to be eligible for NWCDTP funding you MUST have been offered and accepted a place on a programme at Lancaster University by 8 February 2018.

Where can I find the application form to apply for an AHRC scholarship?

http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/prospective-students/

Who do I submit my AHRC application form to?

Send your completed AHRC application form to Michaela Scott at fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk putting your name and ‘AHRC Application’ in the subject of your e-mail. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your application has been received. Once we have processed your application we will contact you if we require any further information from you.

Do I need to submit references with my AHRC application form?

Yes. The NWCDTP application must be supported by two testimonials from people able to comment on the academic ability and research potential of the candidate, e.g. previous undergraduate/postgraduate study.

It is strongly recommended that the applicant’s undergraduate/postgraduate tutors complete the testimonials where possible. However, it is accepted that University staff expected to be involved with the candidate’s subsequent studies (e.g. potential supervisors) can sometimes be appropriate if they have tutored the applicant previously. It is also accepted that some students may have undertaken some relevant professional work where the testimonial writer would be able to comment on their suitability for undertaking research. If this is the case then the circumstances should be fully explained.

Can I use the references from my programme application or do the references need to be specific for my funding application?

It is strongly recommended that you submit 2 references that have been written specifically in support of your funding application. Details can be found in the Studentship Application Guidance (point 13, page 7) http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=39684

Please note that all references need to be signed on official letterhead and that you will need to provide the 2 references along with your funding application.

What other documents do I need to submit along with my completed AHRC application form?

You will need to provide 2 references, copies of your academic transcripts, and the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form.

Should I make a note on my programme application that I intend to apply for AHRC funding?

Please note ‘AHRC Funding’ in the Source of Funding section of your programme application. If you have already submitted your programme application form please contact us at fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk and we will make a note on your behalf.

Can I accept the offer of a place on the programme if I do not yet know the outcome of the AHRC application?

Yes. If we offer you a place on one of our programmes please accept this by 8 February 2019 in order for us to consider you for AHRC funding.

Where can I find the application number required on the first page of the AHRC application form?

This refers to your eight digit programme application number (starting with the number 3)

If you are a current PhD student at Lancaster University applying for a +2 award please provide your student ID number.

I have not yet received an offer on the PhD programme I have applied for; what should I write under the supervisors section in the form?

If you have been in contact with potential supervisors please include their names in this section of the form. Otherwise, please leave this section blank as it can be completed once supervisors have been selected.

Is there anyone who I can contact for help in completing the AHRC application form?

Please contact the Media and Cultural Studies Pathway Representative Dr Anne Cronin or Emma Taylor, the Sociology Postgraduate Coordinator