About Us

Welcome to the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership! The NWSSDTP is a consortium of the Universities of Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), we support postgraduate studentships and training in the social sciences in the North West.

How to Apply

The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership holds an annual competition for postgraduate studentship funding. Candidates may apply for funding towards master’s and doctoral study, or doctoral study only.

The competition for October 2020 entry is now open, deadline 3rd February 2020.

Methods North West

Methods North West provides interdisciplinary and innovative methodological training for researchers across the North West. Methods North West highlights the breadth and depth of methodological expertise in the region, bringing together institutional initiatives at Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester.


Pause with Purpose with Will Medd

The third in Will Medd’s series of workshops with the NWSSDTP – learning how to Pause with Purpose!

CASE Studentship with the Psychological Therapies Unit

Chloe Spence discusses her experiences of a CASE Studentship thus far, working with the Psychological Therapies Unit

Internship at the Australian Council for Educational Research

Sofia Eleftheriadou’s internship at the Australian Council for Educational Research

‘Northern Fusion’ Event Fund

The NWSSDTP – in conjunction with Methods North West, the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINEDTP) and the N8 – are pleased to launch this funding competition for student-led events.

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CASE Competition 2020

Paperwork for the next NWSSDTP CASE Competition (for October 2020 start) is now live!

The CASE Competition is an annual studentship competition where academics from the four NWSSDTP institutions can apply for funding towards postgraduate projects that will be co-supervised with a representative from a non-HEI partner organisations.

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