Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP1)

Note to prospective students interested in applying for studentship or funding:

Please note there is no route for prospective students to apply directly to AHRC for a studentship. AHRC provides UK universities and consortia of research organisations (ROs) with doctoral training grants to support AHRC-funded studentships. The advertisement of opportunities and recruitment of studentships is managed by the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) or Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP). Any students interested in AHRC-funded doctoral studentships should contact the research organisation, university or consortium at which they wish to study directly to obtain information on how to apply and eligibility.

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) are block grant awards made to either individual ROs, or consortia of ROs. They support postgraduate studentships across the breadth of AHRC’s subject remit and complement the Centres for Doctoral Training. DTPs provide innovative training environments for doctoral-level research. They include opportunities for PhD students to undertake broader training or development, such as learning a language, overseas research visits, or placements with non-academic partners.

DTP 1 awards were made for five cohorts of students. These include:

  • the first cohort, which began in October 2014
  • the second cohort, which began in October 2015
  • the third cohort, which began in October 2016
  • the fourth cohort, which began October 2017
  • the fifth and final cohort, which began in October 2018.

All studentship places for DTP1 have now been awarded.

DTP1 Consortia

Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities works in the arts, culture, creative and heritage sectors. We support positive connections and productive networks locally, regionally and globally to provide outstanding opportunities for doctoral researchers in Scotland.

Led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, University of St Andrews, University of Stirling, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art in partnership with 30 organisations, including:

  • Aberdeen Art Galleries and Museums
  • BBC Scotland
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
  • National Library Scotland
  • National Theatre Scotland
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Opera
  • Arts & Business Scotland
  • Dundee Repertory Theatre
  • Edinburgh International Festival
  • National Galleries Scotland
  • National Museums Scotland
  • Oxfam Scotland
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership

The Cambridge AHRC DTP brings together outstanding UK and EU postgraduate students in a programme that meets and challenges the highest international standards with respect to its intellectual and academic excellence.

Led by the University of Cambridge in partnership with:

  • Norfolk Museums and Archive Service
  • Social Media Knowledge Exchange project
  • Collections Trust
  • Arts Council.

Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England

The Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) supports discipline-based projects, but also specialises in interdisciplinary research and research in emerging fields of study and creative practice. Our research and training environment encourages doctoral researchers to develop new methodologies.

Led by the University of Sussex in collaboration with the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, the Open University, University of Kent and Goldsmiths, University of London, and the University of London, in partnership with:

  • Intel
  • British Library
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Tate
  • BBC
  • British University Film and Video Council
  • V&A
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • BFI.

London Arts & Humanities Partnership

The London Arts & Humanities Partnerships (LAHP) institutions offer a world-class environment for training and research. Subject coverage in arts and humanities at LAHP’s institutions is comprehensive and the PhD experience is enriched by their libraries, archives, museums and special collections.

It is led by University College London in collaboration with King’s College London and School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with:

  • National Gallery
  • Southbank Centre
  • V&A
  • Museum of London
  • Tate Research
  • AM Heath
  • BFI
  • Barbican Centre
  • National Theatre
  • Lambeth Palace Library
  • CreativeWorks
  • Routledge.

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

The vision of the North West Consortium DTP (NWCDTP) is to establish a centre of excellence in the arts and humanities. Researchers are equipped with world-leading knowledge and skills appropriate to meeting the academic, professional and socio-economic demands of the twenty-first century.

Led by the University of Manchester in collaboration with Keele University, Lancaster University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Liverpool and University of Salford, in partnership with:

  • BBC
  • FutureEverything
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
  • Tate Liverpool
  • Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT)
  • Home
  • Opera North
  • Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archives & Heritage Service.

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Northern Bridge DTP students benefit from supervision, training and development of the highest quality, tailored to the needs of twenty-first century researchers.

Led by Newcastle University in collaboration with University of Durham and the Queen’s University of Belfast in partnership with:

  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Belfast City Council
  • Durham Cathedral
  • New Writing North
  • Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books
  • The Sage Gateshead
  • Wordsworth Trust
  • BBC Northern Ireland
  • Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure NI
  • National Media Museum
  • Newcastle City Council
  • The Bowes Museum
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Consortium

The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Consortium (SWW) provides flexible, student-centred training that nurtures disciplinary expertise in conjunction with interdisciplinary perspectives. You will benefit from bespoke individual opportunities along with collective cohort development.

Led by University of Bristol in collaboration with Cardiff University, University of Exeter, Aberystwyth University and University of Bath, Bath Spa University, University of Reading and University of Southampton, in partnership with:

  • Arnolfini Contemporary Art Gallery
  • National Trust
  • BBC Factual (Bristol)
  • Bristol City Council & Mayoralty
  • CyMal (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales)
  • National Museum of Wales
  • Welsh National Opera
  • Kyoto University’s Graduate Schools of Letters and Institute for
  • Research in Humanities
  • Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Arizona State University
  • English Heritage
  • BBC Drama (Cardiff)
  • Watershed & Pervasive Media Studio
  • Cadw
  • National Library of Wales
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
  • Centre for British Studies, Humboldt Universität, Berlin
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Record Offices (SW&W regions).


‘Techné’ supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches across the range of the arts and humanities.

Led by Royal Holloway, University of London in collaboration with University of Brighton, Kingston University, University of Roehampton, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey and University of the Arts London, in partnership with:

  • V&A
  • Natural History Museum
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Rose Theatre
  • Brighton Festival and Dome
  • Drawing Room
  • Wired Sussex
  • Museum of London
  • Science Museum
  • Barbican Centre
  • BFI
  • Cultural Capital Exchange
  • English PEN.

The Midlands4Cities Consortium

The Midlands4Cities DTP vision is to be a major catalyst for arts and humanities postgraduate research in the Midlands and beyond, delivering benefits to students, academic institutions, cultural and creative sectors, government and the public.

Led by the University of Nottingham in collaboration with Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Leicester in partnership with:

  • Central Conservatory for Music (Beijing)
  • British Museum
  • National Army Museum
  • Creative Hinkley
  • City Museum Services (Birmingham. Leicester, Nottingham)
  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • BFI
  • Cinema Museum
  • Broadway Media Centre
  • Creative Leicester
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Leicester Curve
  • Phoenix Square, Leicester.

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities

Doctoral training with the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) takes a collaborative approach to equip high-achieving researchers with the skills and experience to become leaders in their chosen fields, ultimately benefiting the UK economy and society.

Led by the University of York in collaboration with the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield, in partnership with:

  • British Library
  • Royal Armouries
  • Arts Council
  • CidaCo
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Maney Publishing
  • Carm Productions and Strategy
  • Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • National Railway Museum
  • V&A
  • English Heritage
  • Continuum
  • Microsoft
  • Opera North
  • Reel Solutions
  • Young Foundation.

University of Oxford AHRC DTP

Led by the University of Oxford.

The University of Oxford AHRC DTP offers skills training for students alongside academic doctoral supervision and encourages research and public engagement with institutions outside the higher education sector. The DTPs annual programme of conferences, events and workshops for DTP students supports their research and helps them complete their doctorates in a timely fashion and provides them with a lively cohort of friends and colleagues.

Last updated: 4 March 2024

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