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TECHNE Open Competition for October 2018 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.

The TECHNE Open Competition will offer around 35 doctoral 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 Open Competition for a doctoral award by submitting a TECHNE Open Competition application through Kingston University. It is not possible to submit an application directly to TECHNE - you must apply through one of the member universities.

Learn more about the TECHNE research community.

TECHNE subject areas at Kingston University

Kingston School of Art 

  • Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape - History, Theory, Reflective Practice
  • Archival Practices - History, Theory, Practice
  • Art History and Critical Theory
  • Contemporary Art Practice
  • Creative Arts
  • Curating
  • Design History and Material Culture
  • Film Practice
  • Film and Television Studies
  • Heritage, Museum and Galleries
  • Media and Culture
  • Photography Practice
  • Photography, History, Theory and Culture

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • English language and literature
  • History
  • Media and cultural studies
  • Music
  • Modern European philosophy
  • Sound studies

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 and non-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 2017/18 is £16,553 (three years full-time or part-time equivalent for six years); levels are likely to rise slightly for 2018/19 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.  If you are not sure who to contact please see the research webpages for Kingston School of Art and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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

3. Submit a draft TECHNE application and a Kingston University online application to your subject area with supporting documentation. The deadline for this stage varies according to the subject area:

  • All subjects in Kingston School of Art (see list above):
    5.00pm (GMT) on Monday 20 November 2017 - interviews held in the two weeks following 27 November 2017.
  • All subjects in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (see list above)
    5.00pm (GMT) on Friday 5 January 2018 - interviews held in the week beginning 15 January 2018.

Applications received after the above deadlines may not be supported.

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 final deadline.

4. Submit finalised application to Kingston University. 

  • Final deadline: GMT midnight Sunday 28 January 2018

You must submit:

These should be emailed to the faculty research student co-ordinator 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 February 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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