The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2

The application system is now open and will close at 11:59pm on Monday 24th January 2022 - please use the relevant apply button at the bottom of the page to start your application.

The SWW2 will be awarding up to 47 doctoral studentships for entry in September 2022. We welcome applicants from the UK and overseas with evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study. You will have a compelling research project that will benefit from the expertise we can offer in and across a range of subjects, and from our rich academic resources and network of partners.


  • The deadline for submission of your application is 23.59 on Monday 24 January and we do not accept late or incomplete applications.

  • Please note that you cannot submit your application until all sections are complete.

  • Your application is not submitted, even when all sections are complete until you have clicked the 'submit' button.

  • Once an application form is submitted, you will not be able to edit the contents. ‘Submission’ means you are willing for SWW DTP2 to log the application as complete. 


(i)            Full- and part-time

SWW DTP2 studentships are open to full-time and part-time applicants from the UK or abroad (applicants from the EU are included as international students). Students in full-time employment during their PhD are not eligible for a studentship. A student in part-time employment during their PhD may be eligible for a part-time award; part-time study should not be less than 50% of full-time.

(ii)           Previous education/training

A completed first degree is a requirement for a studentship. If you do not have a result yet for your first degree, you cannot apply to SWW DTP2 in this round. To be eligible to apply for an SWW DTP2 studentship you should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification. You should also have met all the course requirements of your home institution before the start date of the SWW DTP2 studentship.

If you do not have experience of formal postgraduate study, you would be eligible to apply for a studentship only if you can demonstrate evidence of sustained relevant professional, voluntary, or employment experience beyond your undergraduate degree that is specifically relevant to your proposed research topic and/or methodology that could be considered equivalent to Master’s study.

(iii)         Residency 

SWW DTP2 studentships entitle both UK and international doctoral students to a tuition fee award and maintenance award. Rates are updated annually by UKRI in January of the calendar year of entry. For the purposes of residence requirements, ‘UK’ includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Residence requirements for Research Council funding for postgraduate research are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.  Please note that the award of Studentships to international applicants is conditional upon their obtaining any necessary visas or permits to study in the UK. SWW DTP2 does not handle visa inquiries, so all international applicants should discuss these with the relevant personnel (usually via the Graduate School or equivalent) in the institution to which they are applying for a place to study, and/or embassies and consulates in their country of residence. Consortium HEIs have professional advisors in place to help with such queries.

Studentship rates and PhD tuition fees

For 2021-22, the tuition fee rate has been £4,500 per annum (or part-time equivalent), and the maintenance award rate is £15,609 per annum (or part-time equivalent). All students receive these award rates. Rates for 2022-23 will be announced by UKRI/AHRC in January 2022. In addition to their award, studentship holders benefit from additional funding opportunities to support their training, professional development, and research costs. 

All Consortium HEIs charge a higher PhD tuition fee for international students. Please note that for international students, UKRI/AHRC - and therefore SWW DTP - will only fund fees to the equivalent of the Home UK fee. Each consortium member determines how it manages the difference between its home and international student tuition fees. Please check the relevant funding pages of your chosen home institution for its policy on how it manages this difference. Most consortium members waive the difference for DTP students.

Studentship length

An SWW DTP2 studentship lasts three years and eight months (or part-time equivalent). Students who have already commenced doctoral study are eligible to apply for AHRC funding, provided that, at the start of the AHRC award, they will have at least 50% of the funded period remaining. The AHRC expects all students to submit their project within the funded period.

Please note that by making an application to the SWW2 you are applying for a studentship only. You will still need to make a separate application to your choice of home institution for your place. You do not need to wait for the outcome of your SWW DTP application before applying to your home institution, but can complete the application processes concurrently. If awarded a studentship, you must ensure that you have a confirmed place at your choice of home institution by the start of the award. 

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.


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