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.

Further information on how to apply

The Stuart Hall Foundation is pleased to announce a new studentship, in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester.

The studentship is inspired by the life and work of Professor Stuart Hall and his research legacy in the areas of race, ethnicity, cultural and structural inequalities. Aware of the obstacles to accessing higher education, we are committed to continuing Professor Stuart Hall’s life-long commitment to provide opportunities to students from non-traditional backgrounds. Applications for this studentship are particularly welcome from candidates from non-traditional or disadvantaged backgrounds who are under-represented at graduate level in the School of Social Sciences at Manchester.

We are very happy to be able to offer a PhD with the Stuart Hall Foundation. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to do a PhD with us and to have the support of the Stuart Hall Foundation and be part of a community of scholars both in the School fo Social Sciences at the University of Manchester as well as at the Stuart Hall Foundation. Sophie Woodward, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

The Stuart Hall PhD Scholarship will be awarded to one student in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester for a PhD starting in September 2021 and will cover fees (either home or international), a stipend and a research training support grant. The scholarship can be held in any of the 8 Departments within the School of Social Sciences. It is expected that the award-winner will be working in an interdisciplinary area of study focused on one of Stuart Hall’s many areas of interest: cultural studies, race, ethnicity and inequalities. 

Potential applicants should first apply to the Department of their choice for a PhD place, and will then be advised whether they can make a further application for this scholarship. See the website for information on the relevant Departments and how to apply for a PhD.

Closing date for PhD applications: 

  • Politics, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Law, Criminology, Social Stats – 1st December 
  • Economics – 8th January
  • Philosophy – 11th January 

Closing date for applications for the Stuart Hall PhD scholarship: March 1st, 2021.  

Admission related queries to

Contact department admission tutors for enquiries relating to research proposals and content.

How to applyContact admission tutors

As a Stuart Hall PhD scholar, I became a part of the network of scholars and fellows whose academic aspirations and themes follow the life and work of Professor Stuart Hall. Although my PhD has just started, talks and events organised by SHF are giving the continuous impetus to my work, allowing me from the beginning to address the questions of racial, class and gender inequalities in the light of current social dynamics. Being involved in this network inspires me to fight relentlessly for a more inclusive future while relying on recent words of Angela Davis, inspired by Stuart Hall, “when we do this work of organising against racism, hetero-patriarchy, capitalism — organising to change the world — there are no guarantees, to use Stuart Hall’s phrase, that our work will have an immediate effect. But we have to do it as if it were possible.“ Lucija Duda, Stuart Hall PhD Scholar, University of Manchester

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The Stuart Hall Foundation is inspired by the life and work of Professor Stuart Hall and his research legacy in the areas of race, ethnicity, cultural and structural inequalities. Acutely aware of the obstacles to accessing higher education faced by young people from culturally diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds – evidenced by admissions data and the lack of diversity among academic staff – we are working in partnership with universities in the UK and internationally to continue Professor Stuart Hall’s life-long commitment to teaching. 

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) is a partnership of seven Universities providing inter-disciplinary doctoral training and like the Stuart Hall Foundation is committed to addressing inequalities in Higher Education. 

Two PhD studentship awards are available to black British students applying for a PhD in the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership starting in September/October 2021, and will cover UK tuition fees, a stipend and a research training support grant. 

The scholarships can be held in any of the 7 institutions of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. The successful candidates will undertake research projects that focus on one of Stuart Hall’s many areas of interest: cultural studies, race, ethnicity and/or inequalities, and their work will align with one of the DTP’s seven thematic interdisciplinary pathways:

  1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)
  2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)
  3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)
  4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)
  5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)
  6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)
  7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

Potential applicants should first contact the department or school at the university in which they wish to study, to find out how to apply for a PhD place and how to register an interest in applying for the WRDTP Ring-fenced Studentship Awards.  

Applicants must be holding an offer of a PhD study place by 17:00, 27 January 2021 in order to be eligible to apply for a studentship. 

For more information on how to apply: