Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

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The Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme was introduced in 2012, with the first cohort of studentships beginning in 2013. It gives non-HEI partners the ability to manage a cohort of a minimum of three studentships per year over a three year period through collaborative doctoral projects with Higher Education Institution (HEI) based collaborators.

In response to the success of this scheme a call for proposals for awards starting in 2016 was launched in 2014. This call has now closed and a list of the successful CDP organisations can be found below.

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Organisations

The linked document below shows the CDP organisations selected in the second round of the scheme.

Ranked List of CDP organisations (PDF, 226KB)

Closing Dates

Open - No Deadline

How to make an application

Applications are submitted directly to the CDP organisations which then have responsibility for selecting the projects to go forward.  This is done through robust assessment processes and, while the CDP organisations have harmonised processes where possible, each will have slight variations therefore we would recommend applicants refer to the guidance each provides.

Once the CDP organisations have notified successful applicants student recruitment activities can begin.  Formal notification of the award will be issued by AHRC however this is not a requirement to proceed with student selection processes.

Further Information

Further details of the CDP organisations, their calls for proposals and available studentships can be found on their website:


The AHRC work with the UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS) to deliver all of our funding activities. All queries regarding eligibility for funding and applications in progress and also queries regarding current awards, should be directed to the UK SBS team dealing with your subject area using the contacts page.

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