Applications for entry in 2021 have now closed. 

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 2021 opened on 30 November 2020 and closed on 25 January 2021.


Student-led Award Application and Assessment Timeline:

  • Applications opened: Monday 30 November 2020
  • Applications closed: 11.59pm on Monday 25 January 2021

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 30 April 2021
  • Deadline for acceptance of award: Friday 28 May 2021


CDA Application and Assessment Timeline:

  • Eight CDA projects will be advertised on the SWW DTP website by: Friday 20 November 2020
  • Applications open: Monday 30 November 2020
  • Applications close: Monday 25 January 2021
  • Applicant interviews: between Wednesday 27 January and Wednesday 3 March 2021 (during this period projects are also revised to take account of chosen applicants’ input).
  • Deadline for revised application by chosen applicants: Wednesday 3 March 2021
  • Notification of awards: Thursday 1 April 2021
  • Deadline for acceptance of awards: Thursday 29 April 2021


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 by Thursday 29 April 2021.

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 1 April 2021 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 2021 is likely to include a number from the ‘reserve list’. Some ‘reserve list’ offers may be made as late as August 2021.

If you are nonetheless unsuccessful, details of the next studentship competition (for entry in September 2022) will be available on our website in the autumn of 2021. 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 (Thursday 29 April 2021). 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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