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South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC PhD Studentship Ref: 4078

About the award

Up to 47 fully-funded PhD studentships for entry in September 2021 with the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

The AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2 consortium (SWW DTP2) is a collaboration between the universities of Aberystwyth, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Cranfield, Exeter, Reading, Southampton, and UWE, and the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum of Wales.

SWW DTP2 will provide postgraduate studentships, including Collaborative Doctoral Awards, and training and development opportunities across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines, with a strong emphasis on collaboration between the members of the consortium and 23 cultural, arts, heritage and industry partners including Aardman Animations, Arts Council South West, Cornwall Museum Partnerships and Historic England.

The funding will also offer joint supervision of students, sharing of resources from across the consortium, further activities such as student events, placements, conferences and the fostering of peer support networks.

We invite high-quality applications from prospective students who wish to propose their own research project. In order to apply, your preferred supervisors must have agreed to supervise your project. Supervisors can be identified via the DTP 'Find a Supervisor' portal or Exeter discipline Staff profiles. 

At Exeter, prospective students will be able to apply with projects from the following range of disciplines as well as with interdisciplinary projects across these subjects:

Art History and Visual Culture
Classics and Ancient History
Creative Writing
Cultural Geography
Drama and Theatre Studies
Film History, Theory and Criticism
Law and Legal Studies
Middle Eastern and African Studies
Modern Languages
Political Science and International Studies
Theology, Divinity and Religion

Awards are for three years eight months duration (or part-time equivalent) as standard. Once their studentship has begun students can apply to extend their studentship to up to 4 years, should they wish to undertake a placement opportunity with an external organisation or undertake significant training that is essential to their project.

BAME Applicants

SWW DTP2 is actively seeking to increase the diversity of students to whom awards are offered and therefore encourage applicants from every and any ethnic background to apply.  SWW DTP2 hope to make at least 3 awards to students from BAME backgrounds. This is a target intended to encourage applications. It is not a quota: only applications that meet the stringent quality expectations will be offered awards. SWW DTP2 operate in line with all relevant legislation governing positive action and do not make positive discrimination.


To apply, please submit your application by completing the form at The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 25th January 2021.

For more information please visit the South, West and Wales Consortium website.

Please note that only those applications submitted via the SWW DTP application system will be assessed for funding. Applying directly to your chosen programme of study at the University of Exeter will not constitute an application for funding.

Entry requirements

UKRI have opened up UKRI studentships to International students for 2021/22 entry. Successful students will receive a full award, to include a stipend and fees at the home level. We expect that Exeter will cover the difference between the UK home fee and the International fee. The proportion of international students appointed each year through individual doctoral training programmes is limited to 30 percent of the total.

To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
• Have settled status, or
• Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
• Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If you do not meet the criteria above you would be classed as an International student.

Successful applicants normally will have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in an undergraduate degree and will be working towards or have completed a master’s qualification (or an alternative programme of research preparation) with Distinction.

Applicants who wish to study part-time may do so. Part-time awards should not be less than 50% of full time. Students who have already commenced doctoral study are eligible to apply for AHRC funding, provided 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).

How to apply

Applying for an ‘offer of funding

Applications for the SWW DTP studentship competition are open via the SWW DTP website.  The deadline for applying to these awards is 11.59pm on Monday 25th January 2021. To apply for funding you must do so via the online application form on the SWW DTP website.

For further information regarding the student-led application process, please see the Application Guidance Document.

Please note that your two nominated referees must upload their references to the system before you can submit. Please therefore ensure that their references are completed before the application deadline so that you can submit on time. We advise that you communicate with your referees about this process to ensure they are aware of the deadline requirement.

Once an application form is submitted, you will not be able to edit the contents. ‘Submission’ means you are willing for the SWW DTP2 to log the application as complete.

Likewise, please make sure all the documents required are uploaded to your application at the point of submission. You will be unable to edit your application after submission.

Please make sure you have the agreement of your proposed supervisors before including their names in your application.

More information
If you have any questions relating to the consortium, please contact the SWW DTP here


Application deadline:25th January 2021
Value:UK tuition fees for eligible students and a maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21)
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Enquiries