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.

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 are taking as part of that plan is to introduce ring-fenced studentships during 2021 and 2022. In 2021, we will guarantee studentships for one candidate with a known disability and one candidate from a BAME background. In 2022, we will guarantee 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.

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 our 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.

Apply for a place on a programme by Friday 15 January 2021 AND submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 5 February 2021 (5pm) 

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

Funding for prospective students

How to Apply

To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme by Friday 15 January 2021. 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 5 February 2021 (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 with the separate Equality and Diversity Form (also available from the NWCDTP website).

Frequently Asked Questions


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


Eleri Cousins

Dr Eleri Cousins

Lecturer in Roman History

+44 (0)1524 592875

Creative Writing

Jenn Ashworth

Professor Jenn Ashworth

Professor of Writing

Authors and the World, Creative Writing, Creative-Critical Writing, Digital Humanities, Gothic and Science Fiction, Literature and Religion, Literature, Space and Place, Literature, the Arts, Media and Performance


Nigel Stewart

Nigel Stewart

Senior Lecturer

Cultures, Insight, Practices


Lindsey Moore

Dr Lindsey Moore


Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Literature and Religion, Transcultural Writing

+44 (0)7855 858013

Heritage (Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies)

Sandra Kemp

Professor Sandra Kemp

Director, The Ruskin-Library, Museum and Research Centre, Professor

Centre for War and Diplomacy

+44 (0)1524 593589


Mark Hurst

Dr Mark Hurst

Lecturer in the History of Human Rights

Institute for Social Futures Fellow


Catherine Easton

Dr Catherine Easton

Head of Department, Reader in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

Centre for Law and Society, Institute for Social Futures Fellow, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Law,Policy,Ethics), Security Lancaster (Sociology)


Christopher Hart

Professor Christopher Hart

Professor of Linguistics

DisTex - Discourse and Text Research Group, LIP - Language, Ideology and Power Group, Research Group in Cognitive Linguistics

Media and Cultural Studies

Anne Cronin

Professor Anne Cronin

Professor of Cultural Sociology

Centre for Gender and Women's Studies

+44 (0)1524 593594 B006, B - Floor, Bowland North

Modern Languages and Translation Studies

Allyson Fiddler

Professor Allyson Fiddler

Professor Emerita

Authors and the World, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, Cultures, Poetics of Resistance

B176, B - Floor, County Main


Sam Clark

Dr Sam Clark

Senior Lecturer

Centre for War and Diplomacy, CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights

+44 (0)1524 592449


Gavin Hyman

Dr Gavin Hyman

Senior Lecturer

Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory