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TECHNE Open Competition for October 2019 entry

TECHNE logo TECHNE comprises nine universities and is one of the 10 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships awarded. 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 57 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.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards

We are inviting applications for the following four PhD projects by Monday 3 December 2018: 5.00pm (GMT).  For detailed information, including subject eligibility and contact details for initial enquiries please see the individual project advertisements listed below.

The Art of Ecology: Representing Nature in Nineteenth Century Literature and Drawings

In partnership with The Natural History Museum London and Kingston's Department of Humanities.

Craft in Makerspaces: the potential for social change for sustainability

In partnership with the Crafts Council and Kingston's Centre for Research Through Design

Centering Peripheries: Film Festival Community Engagement

In partnership with The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 'Frames of Representation' film festival, and Kingston's Department of Film & Photography.

Refugee Art Dealers in the UK from the mid 1930s to the 1960s: New Artists, Networks and Approaches

In partnership with the Ben Uri Research Unit for the Study of the Immigrant Contribution to British Visual Culture since 1900 (BURU), and Kingston's Visual and Material Culture Research Centre.

Open Competition for Doctoral Awards

We are inviting applications to the TECHNE Open Competition for doctoral awards by submitting a TECHNE Open Competition application through Kingston University. Note that 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

  • Architecture, urbanism and landscape - history, theory, reflective practice
  • Archival practices - history, theory, practice
  • Art history and critical theory
  • Contemporary art practice
  • Creative arts
  • Creative writing
  • Curating
  • Dance
  • Design history and material culture
  • Design for healthcare
  • Design for sustainability
  • Designer maker spaces
  • Drama
  • English language
  • English literature
  • Film practice
  • Film and television studies
  • Heritage, museum and galleries
  • History
  • Illustration practice theory
  • Media and culture/cultural studies
  • Modern European philosophy
  • Music
  • Photography practice
  • Photography, history, theory and culture
  • 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 UKRI 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
  • UKRI Training Grant Guide
  • AHRC's Training Grant Funding Guide

The doctoral stipend for 2018/19 is £16,777 (three years full-time or part-time equivalent for six years); levels are likely to rise slightly for 2019/20 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 'How to Apply' section on the research webpages for Kingston School of Art.

Alternatively, please email the faculty research student co-ordinator for Kingston School of Art 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 apart from those in the School of Arts, Culture and Communication (see below)
    Deadline: 5.00pm (GMT) on Monday 26 November 2018. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 3 December 2018.

Your draft application and supporting documentation should be emailed to the faculty research student co-ordinator for Kingston School of Art with 'TECHNE' in the subject line.

  • Subjects in the School of Arts, Culture and Communication (Drama, Theatre and Dance; English Literature; History; Media Arts; Philosophy) Deadline 5.00pm (GMT) on Monday 7 January 2019. Interviews held 14-18 January 2019.

Applicants in Philosophy are strongly advised to submit draft proposals via email to Professor Peter Osborne, Director of the Centre for Research In European Philosophy prior to 7 December 2018. Applicants in all other fields are strongly encouraged to submit draft proposals to Professor Patricia Phillippy, Director of Research, School of Arts, Culture and Communication prior to 7 December 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: 5pm Friday 1 February 2019

You must submit:

These should be emailed to the Kingston School of Art faculty research student co-ordinator '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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