The 21st century is transforming academic research: the creative and intellectual challenges of our research enquiries are now combined with the demands of a dynamic and ever more globalised society.

SWW DTP gives the Arts & Humanities researcher access to the experience and skills essential for success in this new research world.

Click here to apply for studentships in 2021

SWW DTP2 offers up to 47 fully funded doctoral studentships to outstanding applicants across the full range of arts and humanities subjects. The competition for studentships commencing in September 2021 opens to applicants on 30 November 2020.

Information on the two application routes (including what financial and other support the studentships include) is available here. Details of the application process are available here. UK and international students are eligible to apply. We expect to make at least 3 awards to applicants from BAME backgrounds.

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Collaborative Doctoral Award: The Role of Independent Cinema in the Age of On-Demand Culture


This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a fully-funded collaborative doctorate analysing the role of independent cinema in the age of on-demand culture, beginning in October 2020. Funded by SWWDTP, Watershed Bristol, UWE Bristol and the University of Exeter.

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We spoke to SWWDTP researcher Matteo Zicchetti about his recent placement at the Philosophy Department of New York University.

1. What did you do on your placement?During my placement at the Philosophy Department of New York University, I worked on my research project together with Professor Crispin Wright: the focus of my placement was to develop particular skills, which are necessary for the completion and success of my research project. In particular, I have been training in a specific epistemological methodolog...

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Sue Greaney looks back over her year as AHRC BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and looks forward to the future

As my previous blog posts have described, I’m a part-time PhD student at Cardiff University, undertaking research into Neolithic monuments. I’m now close to the end of my PhD – or, at least, I’ve got a full working draft, and hope to submit in early autumn. Although coronavirus has been, and still is, a terrible and frightening global event, one silver lining has been that it has given me a lit...

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