AHRC-funded PhD Studentships

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 2024-25 Entry

please note that this call is now closed

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 £17,668 (or part-time pro rata) 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 Thursday 14 December 2023.  

Please contact one of the Pathway Representatives at Salford, who can offer you guidance on the suitability of your research project proposal and eventual application:  

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 in a related subject, and a completed or current MA, or equivalent professional experience. Applicants with a distinction on their MA (or equivalent) are normally rated higher than others in the funding competition.

Following that, it will be necessary to complete a formal application for PhD study at the University of Salford by Friday 2 February 2024 (17.00 GMT)  

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 cohort of postgraduate researchers reflects the diverse community we serve. We have introduced a range of positive measures to assist in achieving these commitments, recognising in particular that postgraduate researchers from Global Majority, Disabled, and Socioeconomically Unequal communities 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 have taken as part of that plan was to introduce ring-fenced studentships during a 2 year period (2021-2023). In 2022/3, we guaranteed one candidate from Global Majority (including heritage) communities a studentship. Applicants from these groups will, of course, also be considered as part of our recruitment to all of the available studentships. Students who consider themselves to be from socioeconomically unequal backgrounds are able to apply for our Broken Pipeline scholarship. Finally, as a means for addressing problematic disparity within the discipline, we are offering one ring-fenced studentship to a Female (female in this context meaning anyone identifying as a woman) Philosophy student. These ring-fenced studentships, apart from the Broken Pipeline scholarship, are open to International applicants. 

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 (see how to apply above). 

Applications workshops

The NWC  will be running online application workshops via Zoom for those who are interested in applying. Please find below dates, times and details on how to join our workshops : 

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