Humanities and Social Sciences postgraduates win research council funding

Research council funded studentships have been awarded to 27 students at the University of Liverpool to enable them to undertake postgraduate study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The studentships, which are granted in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council North West Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC NWDTC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC NWCDTP), give prospective Masters and PhD students the opportunity to fund their postgraduate studies.

The NWCDTP, which comprises the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music, is one of 11 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and offers postgraduate studentships across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. This year students in Archaeology, Classics, Creative Writing, English, History, Law and Philosophy have been awarded AHRC funding. Liverpool received 8 awards, which with match funding has been increased to 12 awards in total for students commencing their programmes in September 2016.

The NWDTC, which comprises the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster, is one of 21 Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) created by the ESRC and offers postgraduate studentships across the social sciences within all three Faculties at the University of Liverpool. This year, the NWDTC has granted awards to students within Business and Management, Economic and Social History, Economics, Health and Wellbeing, Planning and Environment, Politics in a Global World, Psychology, Social Statistics and Sociology. The University has received 15 awards in total for students commencing programmes in October 2016.

Hayley Meloy, Faculty PGR Development Coordinator, said: ‘Research Council funding is crucial for supporting postgraduate training and early career research at the University of Liverpool. By offering additional match-funding in our Faculty, we’ve ensured that a high number of postgraduate studentships were on offer this year, and we have been extremely impressed with the range and quality of research that has been proposed. We’re happy to welcome this new cohort of students this October!’

Tom Swaine-Jameson was granted funding by the AHRC in the ‘Philosophy’ pathway, for his PhD in the School of the Arts. Commenting on the award, he said ‘The NWCDTP has enabled me to realise my ambition of researching my area of philosophy full-time, and I am extremely excited to be entering this next phase of my learning. My research focus on the moral significance of Freedom is the product of many years of preparation, and I am grateful to be able to develop my thinking on this matter unhindered. It would not have been possible for me to study in this way without the help of the NWCDTP and Liverpool University, and as such I am very honoured to have been entrusted with my studentship and hope to take full advantage of all the resources available to me for the duration of my time at Liverpool.’

To find out more about Research Council funded studentships, take a look at the video below:


The competitions for funding for 2017 entry will open in October 2016. For more information, including subject areas covered by these studentships, please visit the Faculty Postgraduate Funding pages. For queries about eligibility or the applications process please contact

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