The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2

The SWWDTP 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 application system is open from 00:01am UK time on Monday 21st November 2022 and will close at 23:59pm UK time on Monday 16th January 2023 - please use the relevant apply button at the bottom of the page to start your application.

SWWDTP2 will be awarding up to 49 doctoral studentships for entry in September 2023 (max. 40 student led and 9 CDA awards). 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.

Please note the following information when completing your application:

  • The deadline for submission of your application is 23:59pm UK time on Monday 16 January 2023 and we do not accept late or incomplete applications.
  • Please note that you cannot submit your application until all sections of the application form 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 SWWDTP2 to log the application as complete.
  • We do not require references as part of your application. 


(i) Full- and part-time  

SWWDTP2 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 SWWDTP2 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 SWWDTP2 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) Minimum period of funding 

If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may apply for funding for the remainder of your study, providing that, at the start of the SWWDTP2 award on 1st October 2023, you would have at least 1 year 10 months, or part time equivalent (50% of the standard funding period) remaining of your study period. Should you be applying to move to a different institution to complete your doctoral work, the 50% rule outlined applies from the start of your PhD studies at the original institution. 

(iv) Residency 

SWWDTP2 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 2007and 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. SWWDTP2 does not handle visa inquiries, so all international applicants must 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 2022-23, the tuition fee rate has been £4,596 per annum (or part-time equivalent), and the maintenance award rate is £17,669 per annum (or part-time equivalent). All students receive these award rates. Rates for 2023-24 will be announced by UKRI/AHRC in January 2023. 

All Consortium HEIs charge a higher PhD tuition fee for international students. Please note that for international students, UKRI/AHRC - and therefore SWWDTP - 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.  

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 SWWDTP2 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 SWWDTP2 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. 


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