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TECHNE Open Competition for Autumn 2023 entry


Note: Our internal TECHNE deadlines have now passed. You may wish to look at our other funding opportunities instead.

TECHNE comprises nine universities and is one of the ten Doctoral Training Partnerships awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 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 up to 60 doctoral awards per annum for students in the arts and humanities 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.

TECHNE CDA studentship for October 2023

In partnership with Camden Library Services we invite applications for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship: Storytelling in Libraries: Making Community.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 8 January, 2023, midnight (GMT)

Find out the full details and how to apply.

TECHNE Open Event

This event was on 28 September 2022. If you missed signing up for it, and would like to discuss the application process or ask any questions, please email:

Kingston School of Art Events

Online Open Event: 12 October 5-7pm

In person at the Knight's Park campus: 19 October 4-6pm

Techne Application workshop (online): 27 October 1-2pm

If you missed these events and would like to discuss the application process, please email

Open competition for doctoral awards

Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, has a vibrant PhD community with over 200 research students working across the Arts and Humanities.

We are now inviting applications to the TECHNE Open Competition for doctoral awards through Kingston University for 2023 entry. 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.

Funding and eligibility

  • UK 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.
  • International students are eligible for a full stipend to support living costs and tuition fees at the UK Home rate. UKRI funding will not cover international fees set by universities but they will be given the flexibility to find international tuition fees from other sources. See KU tuition fees for more information about fees and EU/Irish eligibility for Home fees status.

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 on the AHRC website:

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

The full-time doctoral stipend for 2022/23 is £19,668; levels are likely to rise slightly for 2023/24 but have not yet been confirmed. Awards will be for 3.5 years full-time or 7 years part-time.

Application process for doctoral funding

1. Read the TECHNE guidance notes

 Application guidance for students applying to TECHNE 2023 (PDF)

2. Submit a draft application

Complete a Kingston TECHNE Draft Application Form (word document) and submit this by email to the faculty research student coordinator for Kingston School of Art with 'TECHNE' and your research area in the subject line of your email. This does not need to be a completed application, but should be a draft that gives us an idea of your research proposal so that we can assess its potential and whether we may be able to offer a suitable supervision team.

3. Complete the Equal Opportunities Form

Complete our short Equal Opportunities Form (note: this will not be linked to your application form).

  • Deadline: the deadline has now passed 
  • Interviews: held in January 2023

Successful applicants will be invited to work on their application with a proposed supervisory team.

We actively support diversity in Higher Education and we are able to offer additional mentoring support to those from underrepresented groups including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, those with disabilities, carers, and first-generation university students. Please contact the faculty research student coordinator for further information.

Informal enquiries can also be emailed to our faculty research student coordinator.

4. Final application stage (by invitation only)

Your draft application will be reviewed and, if successful, you will be given feedback and invited to submit a finalised application via the online Techne application portal. 

Assessment process

If successful at interview you will receive further support to develop your application which will then be considered by an internal panel of subject experts at Kingston University. You will be informed of the outcome by 13 February 2023. If successful, you may be given further feedback to help improve your application which will need to be completed by 21 February 2023.

If your application does go forward, Techne will contact you with the outcome of your application by early May.

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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