Expressions of interest invited AHRC NorthWest Consortium PhD bursaries (Dance, Drama & Performance)

AHRC Doctoral Studentships

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)


Dance, Drama and Performing Arts Pathway: Lancaster University, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and University of Salford


The Dance, Drama and Performing Arts Pathway within the North West Consortium DTP is pleased to  say we are still inviting expressions of interest and applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships for the 2016-17 entry. Staff expertise across our institutions is able to support an enviable range of PhD topics that are at the cutting edge of our field of theatre and performance research:


Applied theatre/dance practice; Choreography; Comedy; Contemporary experimental performance practices (including site-specific performance, live art, installation, new media and digital performance); Contemporary British and European theatre & dance; Directing and Dramaturgy; Feminism, theatre & performance; Performance and gaming; Performance and space/place/environment; Performance and science; Political Theatre; Intermediality and adaptation; Popular performance; Practice as research; Theatre history; Theatre and activism.


In addition, while students with screen and media interests might choose to apply to the NWCDTP Media and Communications pathway, we welcome applications in the areas of film, radio and television studies. This includes practice-as-research projects in: screenwriting, performance for screen, documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, etc.


About the Consortium and the Awards

The Consortium expects to make approximately fifty awards across the whole range of arts and humanities subjects. A small number of these are likely to be for Masters study by candidates who show exceptional potential for doctoral research.


Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will cover:


·         Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.


·         Annual maintenance grant of £14,057 (2015/16 rate)




Candidates must apply for a place on the programme on which they wish to study by 22ndJanuary 2016 in order to be eligible for funding from the NWCDTP.

Due to AHRC funding rules overseas students are not eligible to apply for these awards.


Application Process


Eligible applicants must complete and submit the NWCDTP funding application by Friday 12thFebruary 2016, 5pm to the institution at which they intend to register. Please note that applicants will not be able to apply for funding unless they have also applied for admission at one of our NWCDTP Institutions.


Please also note that candidates must apply to only one of our institutions for NWCDTP funding. For the Dance, Drama and Performing Arts Pathway, this means applying to one of the following: Lancaster University, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and University of Salford. Should you require advice on research specialisms offered at each institution please consult our relevant websites and/or contact subject representatives:


Professor Elaine Aston (Lancaster)

Professor Stephen Bottoms (Manchester)

Dr Richard Talbot (Salford)

Dr Jane Turner (MMU)


For further information on these awards please contact these individuals and look at the funding application form and guidance:


Deadline for PhD Applications: 22nd January 2016, 5pm GMT


Deadline for AHRC Funding Applications: 12th February 2016 – 5pm GMT


Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 13th April 2016 at the very latest.

For more information on the NWCDTP please visit