2024 Techne AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

19 October 2023



Techne is now welcoming applications for fully-funded studentships across the arts and humanities beginning in autumn 2024.

The University of Westminster is one of nine universities that make up the AHRC-funded Techne Doctoral Training Partnership.

Techne supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches across the arts and humanities. For more information on Techne and the types of projects it funds, please visit the Techne website.

As well as financial support, Techne offers a developmental framework for doctoral researchers across the collaborating institutions, with research training, supportive community networks, professional and public engagement opportunities, and a space for both independent and collaborative scholarship.


About the studentships

3.5 years full-time (7 years part-time)
£20,622 per annum stipend full-time (£10,311 per annum part-time)

At Westminster we are offering Techne studentships in the following areas:

  • Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM). A world-leading centre and pioneer in practice-based, critical, theoretical, and historical research in the broad areas of art, creative and interdisciplinary practice.  The strength, impact and diversity of its high-calibre research was acknowledged in its REF 2021 ratings, with 86.7% of its research judged to be ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’, and 100% of its impact case studies to be ‘world-leading’. The Times Higher GPA ranking placed CREAM in the top 5 in the area of Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory.
  • Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). The Communication and Media Institute (CAMRI) is a world-leading centre in the study of media and communication, renowned for its critical and international research which has consistently been ranked highly according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the QS World University Rankings.  In REF 2021 83% of CAMRI’s overall research was judged to be ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.
  • English Literature, Linguistics, Languages and Visual Culture, which are all part of the School of Humanities. In REF 2021, 89% of the research publications of the School’s staff in English Language, Literature and Linguistics were ranked as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’. Research in Visual Culture and Modern Languages (including French, Spanish and Chinese) was also judged to be ‘internationally excellent’.

*23/24 UKRI stipend rates


What does it include?

The studentships include maintenance and fees for 3.5 years for a full-time student, or 7 years for a part-time student at 50% of the full-time studentship level each year (pro rata if you have already started your PhD). Studentships are open to students who have already started their doctoral study but they must have at least 50% of the funded period of an AHRC award (usually 18 months full-time) remaining at the time they start their scholarship.

International students are eligible to apply for studentships but will be expected to pay the difference between the home and international fee rates themselves (as the studentship will only cover fees at the home rate, plus the stipend).

The 24/25 home fee rate is £5,800 and the international fee rate is £15,450. Therefore, international students will be expected to pay the difference between these fee rates themselves – £9,650.


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