COVID-19 Response

The NWSSDTP is committed to doing all we can to support our students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Details of the extension request processes to date can be found below. For blogposts about NWSSDTP Students experiences of studying during the pandemic, please check out Our training initiative, Methods North West, has been offering weekly online methods sessions since July 2020, details of which can be found here: 

Extension Request Rounds to Date

There have been the following opportunities to request extensions due to the impact of COVID-19:

Phase 1 (May 2020): An UKRI initiative, run by individual universities, for DTP students with an end date 1st March 2020 – 31st March 2021.

Phase 1.5 (Dec 2020): A NWSSDTP initiative, for DTP students with an end date after 30th September 2021, who will struggle to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their projects and who may find it difficult to access extensions through Phase 2, below.

Phase 2 (Jan–May 2021): A UKRI initiative, run by individual universities, for any DTP students – but prioritising those with an end date 1st April – 30th September 2021 and/or who will struggle to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their projects (particularly those with caring responsibilities, long term health concerns and disabilities). The University of Manchester and University of Liverpool have already undertaken their Phase 2 rounds, while Keele University and Lancaster University are currently underway.  

Extension Requests Going Forward

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has confirmed further action to support doctoral students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: DTPs will be able to generate funds to support further funding extensions through repurposing training and cohort development funding, and through reducing investment in recruitment by up to 10% of the new studentships committed to in 2021/22. 

This means, after the Phase 2 extension request processes are completed at students’ respective institutions, there will still be opportunities to apply for a COVID-19 extension directly to the NWSSDTP. In exceptional circumstances, candidates who have already received an extension will be able to apply again.

The process and paperwork for applying for a COVID-19 Extension after Phase 2 will go live in late June.

Thank you all very much for your patience during this time. If you have any queries regarding the above, contact Please bear in mind that the NWSSDTP Team is also being impacted by the repercussions of COVID-19, potentially resulting in some delays in response, and we will get back to queries as soon as we are able.

  • Posted 30th April 2020
  • Update 2nd September 2020
  • 2nd Update 12th November 2020
  • 3rd Update 21st May 2021


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