Up to 60 fully-funded PhD Studentships for entry in September 2018

South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

The AHRC-funded South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) is a collaboration between eight leading research universities and multiple arts, heritage, media, and government sector partners, working together to develop a new generation of arts and humanities researchers. http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/

The SWW DTP is designed to lead a new generation of researchers into productive careers whether in academia or professional practice. We provide bespoke support and training tailored to your project and your career aspirations, enriched by the world-class expertise and state-of-the-art resources offered through the partnership: http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/dtp-training/

SWW DTP students have unrivalled access to prestige organisations such as BBC Factual (Bristol), the British Library, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Historic England/English Heritage, London Metropolitan Archives, the National Museum of Wales, the National Trust, and the National Archives, among others: http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/partners/

The SWW DTP offers joint supervision arrangements between its partner universities. Our students are provided with unparalleled access across institutional boundaries to the most relevant and cutting-edge expertise through these collaborative supervisory teams, ensuring an exceptional breadth and depth of coverage for your project.

This year, in addition to the standard studentship competition, the SWW DTP is issuing a call for applications for Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs). Successful students will take up their awards in September 2018 with the SWW DTP.

Each CDA will be connected to a specific external partner. Supervision will be carried out by a representative from that organisation and at least two academic supervisors from within the consortium: http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/sww-dtp-collaborative-doctoral-awards-cdas/

Please note that the deadline for expressions of interest to work on a CDA project is 14th December 2017.

Applying for a SWW DTP Studentship 

The studentship competition and application system will open on Monday 27th November 2017 and close on Thursday 11th January 2018. Applications must be submitted online and further information is available on our website: http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/apply-for-a-studentship/


  • We are looking for students from the UK or EU with evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study.
  • You will have a compelling project that will benefit from the expertise we can offer, in and across our range of subjects and from our rich archival resources and network of professional partners.
  • You will have achieved 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:
  • Have achieved at least a first degree at 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.
  • Students without an undergraduate degree may be considered for an AHRC studentship only if they are able to 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.

Apply to the SWW DTP for entry in September 2018, and become part of the new generation of arts and humanities researchers.