North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

NPIF Placements

cropped-2000px-lancashire_rose-svg1Additional funding has become available to support a cohort of ESRC-funded students to undertake placements with business or industry partners, as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund.

In addition to providing students with an opportunity to enhance their research skills by undertaking a period of substantive research in a business partner, we hope these placements will support a cohort of talented individuals with the transferable skills that will aid their mobility between Higher Education and industry sectors and enhance their employability.

More details can be found at

Additional Studentship Competition – funding available for projects using ESRC Datasets

North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) is running an additional supervisor-led studentship funding competition in 2019, to encourage projects that utilise ESRC Datasets.

Applications are invited from prospective supervisors at any of the four constituent universities (Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool or Manchester). Successful applicants will then be invited to recruit a candidate to undertake the proposed projects, commencing October 2019.

For more information, see

Studentship Competition 2019 Deadline

The deadline for submitting an studentship application for October 2019 entry is 5pm on 4th February 2019.

Candidates may apply for funding towards master’s and doctoral (1+3/2+2) study, or doctoral study only (+3/+2). The NWSSDTP does not fund standalone master’s programmes. Applications must be submitted via one of our 19 subject pathways, for an eligible programme. Details of eligible subject areas and programmes can be found on our pathway pages

For details of how to submit an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to all students and staff in the NWSSDTP!

2018 was a busy year for the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership. Since our DTP officially launched in October 2017, with our first cohort commencing their studies, we have been working hard on developing and delivering funding and training opportunities across the North West.

In April, we completed our second round of studentship recruitment, awarding a total of 67 studentships across the consortium for programmes commencing in October 2018. 23 of these awards were for CASE studentships – doctoral projects that will be co-supervised by a non-HEI collaborative partner.

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