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SWW AHRC DTP Studentships

About the DTP

The University of Reading is delighted to be part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2 (SWW2), a strong consortium of 10 leading Universities (Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Cranfield, Exeter, Southampton and University of the West of England), an independent research organisation, and multiple arts, heritage, cultural and creative economy partners.

The funding allows for innovative postgraduate support, including the development of broader skills such as partnership working and language skills, and experience in working outside academia through industry and international placements.

The funding also offers joint supervision of students, sharing of resources from universities across the consortium, further activities such as student events, placements, conferences and the fostering of peer support networks.

For entry in September 2021, the consortium is offering up to 47 fully-funded awards. At Reading, studentships can be in the following areas:

AHRC SWW DTP Subject are:
University of Reading Department AHRC Subject Areas Directors of Postgraduate Research Studies


  • Archaeology


  • Art
  • History of Art


  • Classics

English Language and Applied Linguistics & English Literature

  • English Language and Literature

Film, Theatre and Television

  • Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • Drama and Theatre Studies


  • History


  • Law and Legal Studies

Languages and Cultures

  • French Studies
  • German Studies 
  • Italian Studies
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies


  • Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
Politics and International Relations
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Typography

View our individual Doctoral research areas  to see the wide range of areas we offer.

How to apply for these studentships:

1. Check your eligibility

UK/Republic of Ireland students who satisfy certain residency criteria (detailed in the eligibility-guidelines ) are eligible for awards covering fees at the Home rate and provide a maintenance grant (stipend), the current (2020/21) level of which is £15, 285 for full-time study.

Applications are open to UK and international applicants. ESRC funding covers tuition fees at the Home rate; for international candidates offered a AHRC award, the difference between Home and International fees will be covered by the University of Reading.

Students who have 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 (or part time equivalent).

2. Contact the relevant Directors of Postgraduate Research Studies

In order to enter this competition, it is important you make contact with the Director(s) of Postgraduate Research Studies for your area here at Reading. These are set out in the table above. We recommend you do this as soon as possible. When making contact, you are advised to provide:

  • a brief summary of your proposed research (no longer than 500 words), indicating that you wish to apply to the AHRC SWW2 DTP
  • a short CV

The Director of PGR Studies for your field will then arrange for an appropriate supervisor to contact you.


3. Apply via the DTP portal

In consultation with your supervisor, a full application for funding should be submitted by Monday, 25 January 2021.


Timeline for applications (SWW DTP)
Full application system is live from Monday 30 November 2020 Apply Here
Make contact with subject lead at University of Reading

As soon as possible

Final Deadline for Applications to the SWW DTP Monday, 25 January 2021

For further information and advice about these studentships, please contact the Graduate School (

Note on applications for other awards

Please note the application system for these studentships is external to the University of Reading and separate to the University's standard admission system. If you wish to apply for another studentship, you must ensure that you apply to the University in sufficient time to be considered for any such awards.

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