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TECHNE awards for October 2016 entry

TECHNE logo TECHNE comprises seven universities and is one of the 11 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships. TECHNE's vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Its students will benefit from a diverse and rich range of training workshops and opportunities to engage with partners in the arts and cultural sector.

TECHNE will offer around 35 awards per annum for students who are applying to undertake PhD study. This includes those who are applying initially as an MPhil student with the intention to upgrade to PhD study.

Students may apply to TECHNE for a doctoral award by submitting a TECHNE application through Kingston University. It is not possible to submit an application directly to TECHNE: you must apply through one of the member universities.

TECHNE subject areas at Kingston University

Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

  • Architecture, urbanism and landscape – history, theory, practice
  • Art history
  • Contemporary art practice
  • Creative arts
  • Design history
  • Film making
  • Heritage, museum and galleries
  • Media and culture
  • Photography

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • English language and literature
  • Film
  • History
  • Media and culture
  • Music
  • Modern European philosophy

Funding and eligibility

  • UK applicants and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least three years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for the full scholarship covering stipend and tuition fees. 
  • EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for three years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for a fees-only award. 
  • Non-Home/EU applicants are not eligible to apply.

Please note: if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will not be eligible for this funding.

Awards are available for both full-time and part-time students. AHRC eligibility criteria apply and all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and RCUK terms and conditions. Please ensure that you are familiar with them: they are set out in three documents which can be accessed via the current award holders page on the AHRC website:

  • Research Council Terms and Conditions of Training Grants
  • RCUK Training Grant Guide
  • AHRC's Training Grant Funding Guide

The doctoral stipend for 2015/16 is £16,057 (three years full-time or part-time equivalent for six years); levels are likely to rise slightly for 2016/17 but have not yet been confirmed.

Application process for doctoral awards

1. Read the TECHNE guidance notes (Word).

2. Contact the potential supervisor at Kingston University to discuss your research proposal, the supervision that may be available, and whether you might be considered a suitable candidate for a TECHNE award.

The deadline for this stage is

  • Practice-based in contemporary art, film making, photography:
    5.00pm (GMT) on Monday 16 November 2015
    – interviews held in the week beginning 30 November 2015.
  • All other subject areas:
    5.00pm (GMT) on Friday 8 January 2016 – interviews held in the week beginning 18 January 2016.

Enquiries received after the above deadlines may not be supported.

If you are not sure who to contact please take a look at our directory of research expertise or see the faculty research webpages for Art, Design & Architecture and Arts and Social Sciences

Alternatively, please contact the relevant faculty research student co-ordinator for advice, including 'TECHNE' in the subject line:

We work closely with researchers to develop their applications so please leave plenty of time for this stage as you will not be able to amend your proposal or application after the deadline.

3. Submit the following by GMT midnight Sunday 7 February 2016: 

These should be emailed to the faculty research co-ordinator at or with 'TECHNE' in the subject line.

Assessment process

Your application will be considered by an internal panel of subject experts at Kingston University. You will be informed by the end of March whether the university will forward your application for consideration by TECHNE. If your application does go forward you will hear by early May whether or not it has been successful.

Further details of the assessment process can be found on the TECHNE website.

Enquiries are best addressed to the relevant faculty or potential supervisor, but general questions may be sent to:

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