South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC PhD Studentships Ref: 2983

About the award

The South, West and Wales Consortium (SWW DTP), in which Exeter is joined with seven other universities - Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Reading and Southampton, has been awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over the next five years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.

The Doctoral Training Partnership is characterised by a strong emphasis on collaboration with outside institutions, including international and non-academic partner organisations. The funding will allow for innovative postgraduate support, including the development of broader skills such as partnership working and language skills, and experience in working outside academia through industry and international placements.

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.

For 2018/2019 entry the consortium is offering up to 60 fully-funded awards.

At Exeter, the studentships will cover the following range of subjects:
Archaeology, Art History, Classics and Ancient History, Cultural and Museum Studies, Creative Writing, Drama, Film, English Literature and Writing, History, Law, Modern Languages, Modern Languages (Arab & Islamic Studies) Philosophy and Theology and Religion.

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

Potential applicants are reminded that they may also apply for a postgraduate research place or funding at the University of Exeter separately from the Doctoral Training Partnership scheme.

Entry criteria
The awards are open to all UK and EU students who meet the academic and residency eligibility criteria as detailed in the AHRC Training Grant Funding Guide, page 16.  UK students are eligible for full UK fees at Research Council rates and a maintenance grant at the AHRC rate (£14,553 in 2017/18).  EU students are currently only eligible for full EU fees at Research Council rates, and no maintenance grant.  International fee status students are not eligible for this award.

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

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. However, there is a significant training component to this award and the timing of the training, which involves not only academic staff but professional practitioners from our partner institutions, is not always flexible.  Therefore applicants should carefully consider their ability to undertake these timetabled elements of the programme.


Application deadline:11th January 2018
Value:£14,553 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Doctoral

How to apply

Please note the button above is for the programme application only.  If you will be applying to this studentship competition for study at Exeter you will also be required to submit a PhD programme application to Exeter alongside your funding application.  You must apply for funding via the external link below.

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 GMT on Thursday 11 January 2018.

Programme applications

Applications for a Programme offer can be made via the ‘Apply Now’ button above.

 You will be required to upload the following documents;
• CV
• Covering letter outlining our academic interests, any prior research experience.
• Research project proposal (maximum 1000 words)
• Personal statement (maximum 300 words)
• 2 x references
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.  This should be an interim transcript if
   you are still studying.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your current
   proficiency in English.  For further details of the University’s English language requirements please see                 

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 see the SWW DTP Virtual Information, Documents and Videos  For additional enquiries please contact the SWW DTP here