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Study for an AHRC Funded PhD at the University of Salford

Call for Expressions of Interest and Applications in Digital Curation

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition for 2022-23 Entry

We invite expressions of interest and applications, to the Art & Design and/or Heritage Pathways, for +2/+3 full and part-time PhD studentships as part of the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition.

 The studentship covers PhD fees, provides an annual stipend for the duration of your study (currently set at £15,609 and subject to review), and access to additional funding for field research and further training.

 The University of Salford is a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), which includes non-HE institutions such as the BBC, Home/Cornerhouse, Tate Liverpool, Opera North, FutureEverything, Science and Industry Musuem, and FACT (Liverpool). 

 The School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology at the University of Salford has an international reputation for research, both theoretical and practice-based. The Digital Curation Lab at MediaCityUK undertakes research in the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of digital curation, digital heritage, and digital preservation.  

How to Apply:

 Prospective applicants who are interested in applying and eligible for funding should get in touch with us with an expression of interest by Wednesday 15 December 2021. Please contact the Pathway Representatives at Salford:

Dr Juan Hiriart (Heritage) – J.F.V.Hiriart@salford.ac.uk

Dr Toni Sant (Art & Design) – A.Sant2@salford.ac.uk

We would expect you to have a very good first degree, and a completed or current MA, or equivalent professional experience.

 Following that, it will be necessary to complete a formal application for PhD study at the University of Salford by Friday 14 January 2022 and ultimately an application to the Northwest Consortium by Friday 4 February 2022

For further information including an application form and guidance notes, please see the NWC DTP site:  


If you have further queries about the Digital Curation Lab and the potential for working with our non-HE partners, please contact us through our website at http://hub.salford.ac.uk/digital-curation-lab

Ring Fenced Studentships

The NWCDTP is committed to equality of opportunity and working to ensure our student cohort reflects the diverse community we serve. We have introduced a range of positive measures to assist in achieving these commitments, recognising in particular that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled groups are currently underrepresented on our programmes and across the UK university sector. The introduction of these measures follows a review of our recruitment processes and forms part of a three-year plan we have developed to achieve greater diversity and better equality outcomes.

One of the steps we are taking as part of that plan is to introduce ring-fenced studentships. In 2022, we will guarantee two candidates from BAME backgrounds a studentship. Applicants from these groups will, of course, also be considered as part of our recruitment to all of the available studentships.

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the ring-fenced studentships will have the opportunity to identify themselves on the application form as wishing to be considered for these targeted studentships. Their applications will be considered as part of the standard award competition and will be subject to the same assessment criteria and schedule.

Applications workshops

The NWC will be running an online application workshop via Zoom for those who are interested in applying. This will take place on : Tuesday 11th January 2022 – 10-11am (GMT) via Zoom

If you have any questions regarding the formal PhD application procedure, please contact PGR-SupportSAM@salford.ac.uk