Doctoral Training Partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) are block grant awards made to either individual Research Organisations (ROs), or consortia of ROs. They support postgraduate studentships across the breadth of the 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 language learning, overseas research visits, or placements with non-academic partners. DTP awards will be made for five cohorts of students commencing from the 2014/15 academic year.

The studentship places will be advertised by the DTP on an annual basis, and studentships will be awarded in open competition. The AHRC plays no part in the assessment and selection of students. If you are a student, please contact the DTP directly to find out about their selection process. 

List of contacts for all DTP and CDT consortia (Excel, 58KB). Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all partners involved in the consortia.

Any amendments to the list should be emailed to the DTP enquiries inbox:

Current DTPs

Click any DTP logo to visit their website.


Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities

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

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 (CHASE)

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, 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.

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

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.

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

Led by University of Bristo 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)



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 Midlands3Cities Consortium

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 Coucil
  • Leicester Curve
  • Phoenix Square, Leicester


The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH)

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.