Project Partners

- AHRC specific

- ESRC specific


AHRC – Specific Requirements

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Select ‘Add New Project Partner’ and complete the details of the non-HEI organisation and the person who has main responsibility for supervision, management and leadership of the project within this organisation.

Whilst there may be circumstances where more than one non-HEI organisation has some involvement in the project, there must be a lead organisation and a lead supervisor who will co-ordinate the project supervision for the non-HEI partner or partners. If this applies you will need to provide details of those other non-HEI organisations that will be involved in the project and explain the nature of their involvement in the collaboration and any financial contributions or resources they are offering. The named supervisor must have the permission of their employer and be in a position to offer supervision and support to the project. They must also be able to provide or facilitate access to resources or those areas of the organisation that the student requires to undertake the project and as indicated in the application form.

Description of work to be carried out

Please outline the role of the collaborating organisation in the project, and what their input will be to both the project and specifically to the student including the proposed nature of the supervision and support to be offered. Please also outline the likely nature of the work the student will be undertaking whilst working with the organisation, how the student will be inducted and how the work will be organised. Please highlight the specific benefits this collaborative project will deliver to a doctoral research student collaborating with the project partner as opposed to those delivered through a standard doctoral studentship. This may include access to resources, collections, archives, or data or to processes, specialist techniques, knowledge and training. Students involved in collaborative partnerships may benefit specifically from wider and prolonged access to an organisation than may be possible or permissible with a standard studentship. Please also consider the wider benefits of work experience generally and of gaining experience within the field in which the organisation operates.


Please enter the contributions to either department or student in the appropriate boxes and give a full description of these, this should include facilities to be made available and any other required resources that are to be provided/offered.

The non-HEI partner is, as standard, required to provide supervisory time and desk space for the student as in-kind contributions. In addition to this, the collaborating organisation will also be required to make a cash contribution to the student over and above the maintenance grant provided by the AHRC. The non-HEI partner cash contribution should be used to cover the costs incurred by the student in undertaking the collaborative project. Full details of the non-HEI partner cash and in-kind contributions must be provided within the proposal. Where the studentship is held by a fees-only student, the collaborating organisation can choose to pay this cash contribution at their discretion.

Please give details of any identified resources or specialist equipment or materials that are required for this project. Please indicate if these will be provided by the HEI or by the non-HEI organisation. If applicable the non-HEI organisation may make a contribution to the partner HEI department to cover the provision of any necessary resources or materials not already available or possessed by them.

The non-HEI organisation should cover extra costs and expenses (such as travel and equipment) incurred by the student as a direct result of working in or visiting its establishments.

Any such specialist resources or materials required by the student whilst working on the premises of the non-HEI organisation should be provided free of charge. At the very least adequate workspace and access to a PC/ telephone/fax/copier/stationery as required should be made available. Any other ‘benefits-in-kind’ can also be indicated.

Please give approximate amounts if actual costs are not known.

Nature of non-HEI partners work

Non-HEI partners should provide a brief description of their organisations’ main activities. This information is important to enable the reviewers to place the proposed project in context, particularly for smaller organisations or businesses whose activities may not be widely known. Please provide information on the research interests of the non-HEI organisation and if they have previous experience in collaborative projects involving the HE sector, either formal or informal, please give details regarding the nature of the collaboration and which HEIs were involved.

If the collaborating partner is a non-UK based organisation the HEI partner must state on what basis the collaboration has been set up, how it will operate effectively and outline clearly what benefits and value it will bring to the UK.

Project Partner Contact

Please enter the name and contact details for the lead applicant in the non-HEI organisation.


Attach a letter to the proposal from each partner. This is compulsory and must be done in this section.

NB for CDP proposals: a letter of support is not required from the CDP organisation that has selected the proposal, please attach a dummy letter stating "CDP letter of support not required". However if the proposal includes other project partners, that are not CDP award holders, a letter of support should be attached from them as per the guidance below.

The content of the letter should:


The letter should be dated and should be written when the proposal is being prepared. The letter should be targeted specifically to the project. A standard letter declaring support for the proposed work is not helpful.

Please use a font no smaller than size 11. It is important that reviewers are provided with the relevant information in as clear and concise a way possible in no more than 2 sides of A4.



ESRC – Specific Requirements


Project Partners:

Project partner:

Please enter the name and contact details for each non-academic partner involved with the Centre for Doctoral Training call.  If more than one partner is selected, please ensure you tick the “is main project partner” box where appropriate.



Please enter the amount each non-academic project partner will be contributing towards the collaboration within the appropriate section. In kind contributions should be given a monetary value and entered within the other costs section.