Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership offers postgraduate studentships, supervision, training and skills development across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. We are one of eleven Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) brought about for this purpose.

The consortium includes a wide variety of bodies beyond the university sector that students can engage with to further their experience, from multinational organisations to local museums and galleries.

Details of Award

All funded PhD students, whether UK or International will be eligible for a full award which includes a stipend to support living costs, and fees at the standard UKRI home fee rate. (The University will fund the difference between the Home and Overseas tuition fee for any successful overseas applicants)

In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), each year Lancaster University invites applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships.

A wide range of subjects and pathways are available. Please speak to the PGR Director in the appropriate department about the internal processes and deadlines for working on your application.

The AHRC NWCDTP provides funding opportunities for students to undertake doctoral research and training. We have 15 Pathways broadly organised as Histories, Cultures & Heritage; Creative and Performing Arts; Languages and Literatures. More about pathways...

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

One of the steps we have taken as part of that plan was to introduce ring-fenced studentships during 2021 and 2022. From 2022, we guaranteed two candidates from BAME backgrounds a studentship. Applicants from these groups will, of course, also be considered as part of our recruitment to all of the available studentships.

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the ring-fenced studentships will have the opportunity to identify themselves on the application form as wishing to be considered for these targeted studentships. Their applications will be considered as part of the standard award competition and will be subject to the same assessment criteria and schedule (see how to apply above).

Further information how our recruitment works can be found at the NWCDTP webpages:

Funding for prospective students

Apply for a place on a programme by Friday 12 January 2024 AND submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 2 February 2024 (5pm) 

How to Apply

To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme by Friday 12th January 2024. 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

You must also submit an NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 2 February 2024 (5pm) in order to be considered. Applicants are strongly advised 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, along with the separate Equality and Diversity Form (also available from the NWCDTP website).

Frequently Asked Questions


Lancaster NWCDTP Academic Lead

Sam Clark

Dr Sam Clark

Senior Lecturer

Centre for War and Diplomacy, CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights, FASS Health Hub

Pathway Representatives

Please contact your Pathway Representative in the first instance if you need help completing your AHRC application form. If help is still required contact

Creative Writing

Eoghan Walls

Dr Eoghan Walls

Senior Lecturer

Creative Writing, Creative-Critical Writing, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance


Nigel Stewart

Nigel Stewart

Senior Lecturer

Cultures, Insight, Practices


Simon Bainbridge

Professor Simon Bainbridge

Professor in English and Creative Writing

Literature, Space and Place, Wordsworth Centre

Heritage (Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies)

Sandra Kemp

Professor Sandra Kemp

Director, The Ruskin – Museum and Research Centre, Professor

Centre for War and Diplomacy


Mark Hurst

Dr Mark Hurst

Lecturer in the History of Human Rights

FASS Health Hub, Institute for Social Futures Fellow


Steven Wheatley

CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, LIRA - Society and Human Behaviour

Media and Cultural Studies

Debra Ferreday

Dr Debra Ferreday

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Gender Studies

B129, B - Floor, Bowland North

Modern Languages and Translation Studies

Charlotte Baker

Professor Charlotte Baker

Professor of French and Critical Disability Studies

African Studies Group, FASS Health Hub, Multilingual Creativities, Performing Identities, Poetics of Resistance

B171, B - Floor, County Main


Christopher Partridge

Professor Christopher Partridge


Richardson Institute for Peace Studies


Christopher Partridge

Professor Christopher Partridge


Richardson Institute for Peace Studies

Visual Arts and Design

Sarah Casey

Professor Sarah Casey

Professor in Fine Art and its Histories

Insight, Practices