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TECHNE Open Competition for October 2021 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 (CDAs)

Making, Unmaking and Remaking History: Exhibition Programming at Chisenhale Gallery in the late 1980s

TECHNE AHRC PhD studentship in collaboration with Chisenhale Gallery and Kingston School of Art.

Kingston School of Art and Chisenhale Gallery welcome applications for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship: Making, Unmaking and Remaking History: Exhibition Programming at Chisenhale Gallery in the late 1980s. This is offered under the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership Scheme, to begin in October 2021.

  • Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday 25 January 2021, 5.00pm (GMT)
  • Interviews: week commencing 1 February 2021

More information, including how to apply

Curating Urban Futures: "Meanwhile" Tactics in the Context of Urban Regeneration Strategies

In partnership with Distrito Castellana Norte and Kingston's department of Architecture.

Kingston School of Art and Distrito Castellana Norte, S.A. ("DCN") welcome applications for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship: Curating Urban Futures: "Meanwhile" Tactics in the Context of Urban Regeneration Strategies. This is offered under the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership Scheme, to begin in October 2021.

  • Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday 25 January 2021: 5.00pm (GMT)
  • Interviews: week commencing 1 February 2021

More information, including how to apply

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
  • Critical and Historical Studies: Art, Design, Film, Museums and Archives
  • 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
  • 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 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 will also be able to apply for an AHRC funded postgraduate studentship from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. They will be eligible for stipend to support living costs and tuition fees at the UK 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.

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 2020/21 is £17,285 (three or four years full-time or part-time equivalent for six or eight years); levels are likely to rise slightly for 2021/22 but have not yet been confirmed.

Application process for doctoral awards

1. Read the TECHNE guidance notes (Word). Note: these notes are for 2020 entry and will be updated shortly.

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 TECHNE application form (Word) and a Kingston University online application with supporting documentation.

  • Deadline: midnight GMT on Sunday 22 November 2020. 
  • Interviews: held from 7 December 2020.

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.

Applications received after the above deadline 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.

Note for current PhD students in KSA: you do not need to complete a new KU online application form. You may, however, wish to obtain a reference from your supervisor discussing your progress so far.

4. Submit finalised application to Kingston University. 

  • Final deadline: 23.59 GMT Sunday 17 January 2021.

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 3 February 2021 whether the university will forward your application for consideration by TECHNE.  If you are selected you will need to complete an online version of the same TECHNE application by 10 February 2021. 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: rachel.graham@kingston.ac.uk.

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