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The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2 - the application system is now open and will close at 11:59pm on Monday 25th January 2021.

The SWW2 will be awarding up to 47 doctoral studentships for entry in September 2021. We are looking for students from the UK or internationally with a record of excellent preparation and 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 a range of subjects and from our rich archival resources and network of professional partners.



  • The deadline for submission of your application is 23.59 on Monday 25 January and we do not normally accept late or incomplete applications.
  • Please note that you cannot submit your application until all sections are complete and we have received both your references (the “submit” button cannot be clicked until both references are received).
  • We understand that some of you are having difficulty contacting referees and that some referees are slow in responding, so if you are worried that this might affect your application, please email SWW DTP Enquiries <> to tell us.
  • If you email us before 23.59 on Monday 25 January, and your application is complete except for one or more references, we will keep your application live for a further FOUR DAYS to give you a little more time to secure the outstanding reference(s).
  • This applies ONLY to late references and NOT to incomplete applications.


A student should have gained an undergraduate degree (usually an Honours degree, such as a BA, BMus, BSc, LLB or equivalent) from a recognised university, or be an undergraduate expecting to graduate prior to the studentship being taken up.

If the student subsequently fails to gain an undergraduate degree, they are not entitled to receive AHRC studentship funding. 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, those applying for a doctoral studentship should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification.

Where a student is studying for a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification, they should have met all the course requirements prior to the start date of their AHRC doctoral studentship.

If a student does not have experience of formal postgraduate study, they may be eligible for a studentship only if they can demonstrate evidence of sustained experience beyond undergraduate degree level that is specifically relevant to their proposed research topic, and could be considered equivalent to Master’s study.

The DTP must receive evidence as to how the training and development the student has received is equivalent to that obtained through a Master’s course and, therefore, prepares them to continue to doctoral study.

Other eligibility criteria

Students in full-time employment are not eligible for a stipend of any kind from UKRI. 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 may be eligible for a part-time award. Part-time awards should not be less than 50% of full time. 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 their period of study remaining (excluding the ‘writing up’ period).

Residency eligibility criteria also apply and international applicants should ensure that they have clarified any visa requirements prior to application. For more information and full eligibility criteria please visit the SWW DTP website.

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.