SWW DTP Studentship Overview

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AHRC/Institutional Funding

The SWW DTP is funded by and works in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The AHRC funds postgraduate training and research in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. The quality and range of research supported not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

The AHRC provides funding for a portfolio of programmes that are designed to support the best of UK research, and the development of a world-class research base. For more information on the AHRC and its goals, visit the website at www.ahrc.ac.uk.

Eligibility Guidelines

We are funding students from the UK or EU with evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study. Our students have a compelling project that benefits from the expertise we can offer in and across a range of subjects and from our rich archival resources and network of professional partners.

You should have attained at least a first degree at 2:2 or higher (or international equivalent), and have achieved or be working towards a postgraduate qualification.

We also encourage applications from those with non-traditional qualifications/routes who:

·         Achieved at least a first degree of 2.2 or higher (or international equivalent) and are not presently working towards a postgraduate qualification, but who can demonstrate equivalent experience and aptitude for research in their field.

·         Have a first degree at lower than 2.2 (or international equivalent) but can demonstrate high achievement at postgraduate level.

·         Do not have a first degree but can demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study. In addition, in such cases, those applying for a doctoral studentship should have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification.


  • Please note that a student who has already commenced doctoral study may apply for funding for the remainder of their study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award, they will have at least 50% of their period of study remaining (excluding the fourth ‘writing up’ year).
  • Students in full-time employment during their PhD are not eligible for a stipend of any kind from the Research Councils. If a student is employed full-time, they are considered to have the necessary financial support in place to undertake their studies.
  • A student in part-time employment during their PhD may be eligible for a part-time award.
  • Part-time awards should not be less than 50% of full time.
Studentship Value (at 2017-18 rates) and Residency Guidelines

For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (ie the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

Full-time Studentships

SWW DTP studentships are for three years as standard (or part-time equivalent).

A full-time studentship award comprises:

  • Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,195 per annum (or part-time equivalent)
  • A maintenance stipend of £14,553 per annum (or part-time equivalent)

Part-time students should contact their home institution for more information about the part-time equivalent of the full-time studentship.

Please note that students are eligible for a full-time studentship from the AHRC if they have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

A candidate applying as an EU student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK. Students from the EU are only eligible for a fees-only award from the AHRC, however, the SWW DTP consortium may provide EU students awarded a studentship in 2018/19 with a maintenance stipend to the level of that offered by the AHRC to UK students.

Additional SWW DTP Funding

Student Development Fund (SDF)

The SDF can be used to support the following:

  • Placements (up to a maximum of 6 months) with UK and International organisations
  • Skills development, where the successful completion of the research project depends on either costly or time-consuming training in a high-level technical skill or a language, or training in a specialist methodology
  • UK or overseas conference attendance to deliver a paper/presentation
  • UK or overseas conference attendance where participation in training (e.g. workshops or seminars) enable students to develop new skills.

 Cohort Development Fund (CDF)

The CDF is used to support innovative training and development activities for the DTP cohort as a whole. The uses of CDF are adapted each year to ensure that the specific needs of each cohort are met.

 Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

The RTSG can be used to support the following activities:

  • UK or overseas study visits
  • UK or overseas conference attendance
  • consumables (e.g. printing/photocopying)

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