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AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

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Key facts

Application deadline 12 January 2017
Start date 1 October 2017
Duration Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Funding body AHRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 56 doctoral studentships in the Arts and Humanities across the entire SWW DTP.

Cardiff University is a partner in the AHRC South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP).

The SWW DTP offers postgraduate studentships and training designed to prepare a new generation of professional researchers in the arts and humanities for careers in both academia and the fast-developing cultural sector.

The training on offer puts a premium on collaboration between our eight member universities, across disciplines, and with our professional partner organisations.

Students will be supported by a co-supervisory team based in Cardiff University and another of our member universities, and will have access to the Partnership’s collective resources and training opportunities.

Besides Cardiff University, the Partnership consists of the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Southampton.

Available subjects

The following areas of study are available:

  • Archaeology
  • Celtic Studies
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama, Film and TV
  • English Language and Literature
  • History and History of Art
  • Law
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theology and Religious Studies.

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend SWW DTP studentships are for three years as standard (or part-time equivalent). A full studentship award comprises (at 2016/17 rates): Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,121 per annum (or part-time equivalent). A maintenance stipend of £14,296 per annum (or part-time equivalent). Part-time students should contact their home Academic School for more information about the part-time equivalent of the full-time studentship.
Additional funding offered Additional funding is available for skills development, placements and research training support.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

We are looking for students from the UK or EU with evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study. You will have a compelling project that will benefit from the expertise we can offer in and across a range of subjects and from our rich archival resources and network of professional partners.

You should have attained at least a first degree at 2:2 or higher (or international equivalent), and have achieved or be working towards a postgraduate qualification.

We also encourage applications from those with non-traditional qualifications/routes who:

  • Achieved at least a first degree at 2.2 or higher (or international equivalent) and are not presently working towards a postgraduate qualification, but who can demonstrate equivalent experience and aptitude for research in their field.
  • Have a first degree at lower than 2.2 (or international equivalent) but can demonstrate high achievement at postgraduate level.
  • Students without an undergraduate degree may be considered for an AHRC studentship only if they are able to demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study. In addition, in such cases, those applying for a doctoral studentship should have, or be studying for, a master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification.

Please note that a student who has already commenced doctoral study may apply for funding for the remainder of their study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award, they will have at least 50% of their period of study remaining (excluding the writing up period).

Students in full-time employment during their PhD are not eligible for a stipend of any kind from the Research Councils. If a student is employed full-time, they are considered to have the necessary financial support in place to undertake their studies.

A student in part-time employment during their PhD may be eligible for a part-time award.

Part-time awards should not be less than 50% of full time.


Please note that students are eligible for a full studentship from the AHRC if they have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

A candidate applying as an EU student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK. Students from the EU are only eligible for a fees-only award from the AHRC, however, the SWW DTP consortium may provide EU students awarded a studentship in 2017/18 with a maintenance stipend to the level of that offered by the AHRC to UK students. Applicants from EU countries will be notified immediately of any change of status as a result of UK government policy.

Applicants from EU countries will be notified immediately of any change of status as a result of UK government policy.

You will need to make a PhD application to one of the eligible programmes and a separate funding application to the SWW DTP.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

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