Applications for entry in 2022 will open on

30 November 2021. 

Student-led Awards

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs)


Download our SWW DTP2 Application FAQs 2020-21

Download our SWW DTP2 Guidance for Applicants 2020_1_Updated

Overseas / international students should note that the Guidance for Applicants document attached here has been amended to reflect changes in UKRI/AHRC policy and the consequences of Brexit. Please read carefully the advice on visas/permits on page 2. Please check the current version of this document before completing an application.


For information on partners’ fee policy for overseas / international students, click here SWW DTP2 Overseas Fee Rates Summary


Please see here for UKRI/AHRC fee and stipend levels for 2021-22


Applications for all SWW DTP2 studentships for entry in September 2022 opened on 30 November 2021 and closed on 21 January 2022.

Student-led Award Application and Assessment Timeline:

  • Applications open: Tuesday 30 November 2021
  • Applications close: 11.59 pm on Monday 24 January 2022


Application assessment: Between the application deadline and the notification of successful awards, each application will be reviewed by three reviewers independently. The highest scoring applications will then be assessed comparatively by subject panels and a ‘long list’ from each panel will be submitted to a comprehensive awarding board for final selection. Selection is on academic merit only. There are no quotas of any kind, either for institutions within the Consortium or for subject-areas.

  • Notification of successful award: Friday 18 March 2022


CDA Application and Assessment Timeline:

  • Eight CDA projects will be advertised on the SWW DTP website in due course
  • Applications open: Tuesday 30 November 2021
  • Applications close: Monday 24 January 2022
  • Applicant interviews: between Tuesday 25 January and Friday 4 March 2022 (during this period projects are also revised to take account of chosen applicants’ input).
  • Notification of awards: Friday 18 March 2022


What happens if I am offered a studentship with the SWW DTP2?

After the assessment period you will be notified by email if you have been offered an award. You will then need to confirm whether you wish to accept or decline the offer.

If you accept, we will send you a formal award letter which provides key details of the studentship.


What happens if I am not offered a studentship with the SWW DTP2?

SWW DTP2 routinely receives more applications that would merit funding than can actually be funded. The Awarding Board determines a cohort of ‘first offers’ to be made on 18 March 2022 but also compiles a ranked ‘reserve list’ of applications that are of sufficient quality as potentially to deserve funding but which were not ranked as highly as the first cohort. Successful applicants sometimes decline their awards for a variety of good reasons. If ‘vacancies’ arise, SWW DTP2 will contact those on the ‘reserve list’ in rank order with an offer of a studentship. The final list of autumn starters in 2022 is likely to include a number from the ‘reserve list’. Some ‘reserve list’ offers may be made as late as August 2022.

If you are nonetheless unsuccessful, details of the next studentship competition (for entry in September 2023) will be available on our website in the autumn of 2022. You may apply again as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for an SWW DTP2 award as published in that round.


SWW DTP Feedback Procedure

If you would like to request general feedback on your application then please email Requests should be made before the end of the award cycle. Requests for feedback after that point will not be considered.

For full guidance on the feedback procedure please click here: SWW DTP2 Feedback Procedure 2020-2021


SWW DTP Complaints Procedure

For full guidance on the SWW DTP’s complaints procedure, please click here: SWW DTP2 Complaints Procedure 2020-2021

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