South, West and Wales Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW AHRC DTP)

The South, West and Wales AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW AHRC DTP) is a partnership between eight leading universities: Exeter, Bristol, Bath, Bath Spa, Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Reading and Southampton.

Individually their research excellence is internationally recognised. Collectively their expertise creates a centre of excellence supporting and supervising PhD and doctoral students across the humanities, languages and creative arts.

Dedicated training for the Arts and Humanities

The SWW AHRC DTP consortium will offer a unique, dedicated programme called The Professional Arts and Humanities Researcher. This will encompass engagement and knowledge exchange – vital facets of contemporary research – and an understanding of the cultural economy and the digital humanities. The programme will be delivered in collaboration with non-University partners including the National Trust, English Heritage, Arnolfini and the BBC. In-house training and other tailored activities will be specially designed for the DTP and brought together as a menu of opportunities for students that address the core themes of Digital Humanities and Public Humanities.


Projects offered by the DTP are grouped by subject. PhD studentships available through the DTP and the University of Exeter will appear here when advertised (Applications will open on Monday 3rd December and close on Friday 18th January 2019). The SWW DTP will be awarding up to 56 doctoral studentships in the Arts and Humanities for entry in September 2019. These studentships will go live on Monday 27th November. If you are interested in applying for a 2019/20 studentship we strongly advise that you attend one of the SWW DTP's virtual information days, where you can find out more about the benefits of the SWW DTP academic environment, the application and assessment process and hear from our current students on what it's like to be part of the SWW DTP. These virtual sessions will be held at the end of November.    

PGR Workshop for SWW DTP2 Applicants – Wednesday 5th December 2018

In addition to the University of Exeter Postgraduate Open Days and the information available for SWW DTP2, the College of Humanities in Exeter will run a Postgraduate Research Workshop for SWW DTP applicants on Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 13:00-15:30, Queen’s Building, LT 6.1. This will be a repeat of last year’s successful session where more detailed information about how to write a successful SWW DTP application was provided in a series of talks, discussions and Q&A sessions. Should you consider to apply for the South-West-Wales DTP2 and think of Exeter as one of your two supervisory institution, you will be very welcome to join us for the afternoon. You are obviously also welcome should you be planning ahead for the application round opening in autumn 2019.

Can you please contact our Humanities Postgraduate Support Team for confirmation when you plan to visit us for this event.

We would find it helpful if you could include a few details about the subject area you are interested in, may be even a draft title of your topic, and if you have made it so far already the names of prospective supervisors in Exeter.

Application Deadline

The studentship competition and application system will open on Monday 3rd December 2018 and close on Friday 18th January 2019. Applications must be submitted online and further information is available on our website

Projects and PhD studentships available