How to Apply

Prospective applicants are expected to read the full Guidance Notes before proceeding with an application to the studentship competition, and to make themselves aware of the timeline:

The competition is open to all applicants who meet the AHRC’s eligibility criteria. We will also be hosting two Application Masterclasses for prospective applicants.

Two nomination routes are offered:

The consortium offers a number of established supervisor-led projects which will be available to view on the CDA page on or just after Monday 11 November 2019. We also welcome CDA proposals from applicants working with non-HE organisations. 

The studentship competition is a two-stage process:

Stage One: Postgraduate Application

Applicants to both the Standard PhD and Collaborative Doctoral Award routes wishing to apply for a studentship must complete their chosen University’s online postgraduate application form and submit it by 16:00 on Monday 13 January 2020.

It is vital that applicants to the Standard PhD route consult their prospective School or Department at the earliest opportunity so that the expertise and capacity to supervise the proposed research can be identified, and to ensure that you will be fully supported throughout the competition process:

2019-2020 Subject Area Leads 

Stage Two: Applicant Nomination

School/Department-based selection panels then select their strongest nominees on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications, research proposal, relevant experience and references. Those applicants will be asked to complete a Nomination Form, which must be submitted to Northern Bridge by 16:00 on Monday 17 February 2020 by the applicant’s School/Department. Nominations made after this date will not be considered.

The results of the competition are expected to be announced on Wednesday 8 April 2020.