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Considering a PhD at Cardiff? Great potential funding news

17 December 2013

Cardiff University is part of the new Arts, Humanities and Social Science Council’s Doctoral Training Partnership. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion [SHARE] is delighted to be part of the South, West and Wales Consortium (SWW DTP). Cardiff University is in partnership with seven other universities (Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Reading, Exeter and Southampton). The Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) has been awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over the next five years to deliver postgraduate training and development.

Along with the Universities mentioned, the DTP also involves a network of external partner institutions, including the National Trust, English Heritage, BBC Factual (Bristol), BBC Drama (Cardiff), National Welsh Opera, National Library of Wales, National Museum Wales, Arnolfini, Getty Research Institute, Bristol City Council, Humboldt University, Kyoto University, Zhejiang University, University of Texas at Austin, REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology), and Twofour.

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

For entry in 2014-15, the DTP is offering up to 50 fully-funded awards. The subject-leads in Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion [SHARE] are:
For History – Keir Waddington (
For Archaeology – Alasdair Whittle (
For Religious and Theological Studies – James Hegarty (

How to apply for these studentships:

1. Check your eligibility

UK students who satisfy certain residency criteria (detailed in the AHRC Studentship Guidelines) are eligible for awards covering fees at the Home/EU rate and provide a maintenance grant(stipend), the current (2013/14) level of which is £13,726 for full-time study.
Students from EU countries other than the UK who satisfy certain residency criteria are eligible to apply for fees-only AHRC awards.
Successful applicants will normally have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in an undergraduate degree and will be working towards or have completed a Master's qualification (or alternative programme to prepare them for research) to Distinction level.
Students who are currently registered for a PhD programme are not eligible to apply for these awards.

2. Register for the Open Day

All prospective applicants are asked to register for the consortium Open Day by submitting an Expression of Interest form no later than Monday 13 January 2014. This event, which will take place in Bristol on Wednesday 22 January 2014, will enable you to learn more about the research opportunities and supervisory expertise offered in the South, West and Wales Consortium.
If you are unable to attend, you should make this known on your Expression of Interest form. We will arrange for you to discuss your research plans directly with the academics whose expertise is best suited to your project.

3. Contact the Cardiff subject lead

In order to enter this competition, it is important to be in contact with the subject lead applicable to your area (as set out above) to register your interest. This should be done no later than Friday 24th January and you are advised to provide:
· a brief summary of your proposed research (no longer than 500 words)
· a short CV

The subject lead will then arrange for an appropriate supervisor to contact you.


4. Apply via the DTP portal

The application form for these awards will be online at from mid-December 2013. Applications will require a 1,500 word research proposal and a 500 personal statement.

Timeline for applications (SWW DTP)

Deadline for Expressions of Interest Monday, 13 January 2014
DTP Open Day in Bristol Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Recommended deadline for making contact with subject lead Friday, 24 January 2014
Deadline for applications to the SWW DTP Friday, 21 February 2014

For further information please contact the Director of Postgraduate Research in SHARE, James Hegarty (

Note on applications for other awards

Please note the application system for these studentships is external to Cardiff University 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 these awards.