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Studentships for PhD Study in Bristol

17 November 2014

The South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) is a collaboration of eight leading research universities and partners representing the arts, heritage, media and government sectors, working together to develop a new generation of arts and humanities researchers.

The DTP is offering up to 52 fully-funded PhD studentships for entry in September 2015.

The SWW DTP is designed to lead a new generation of researchers into productive careers whether in academia or professional practice. It provides bespoke support and training tailored to your project and your career aspirations, enriched by the world-class expertise and state-of-the-art resources offered through the partnership. DTP students have unrivalled access to prestige organisations such as BBC Drama (Cardiff), BBC Factual (Bristol), English Heritage, the National Library of Wales, the National Trust and the Welsh National Opera, among others. Students on this programme benefit from the Professional Arts and Humanities Researcher skills training programme, developing essential research and transferable skills linked to academic progression, personal and professional development.

Bristol can offer you expertise in classical studies (Greek and Latin literature, myth, ancient visual culture, and ancient thought), ancient history (especially the ancient Near East, economic and social history, and religion in late antiquity) and classical reception; see the research interests of individual members of staff here). For more information or to discuss your ideas, please contact Professor Neville Morley (, or the member of staff whose interests most closely match your own; we are always happy to offer support in developing a project for students interested in joining our research community.


The DTP is looking for students from the UK or EU with a record of excellent preparation and evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study. You will have a compelling project that will benefit from the expertise we can offer in and across a range of subjects and from our rich archival resources and network of professional partners.

You will have at least a first degree at 2:1 or higher, and have achieved or be working towards a postgraduate qualification; we also encourage applicants who are not presently working towards a postgraduate qualification but who can demonstrate equivalent experience and aptitude for research in their field.

Each studentship will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate, currently £13,863 per annum for 2014-2015, and tuition fees for UK/EU for students who meet the residency requirements outlined by the AHRC. Studentship terms will be tailored to individual needs and may cover periods of doctoral training and external placements.

Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

University of Bristol Studentships

The University of Bristol also expects to be in a position to offer a number of its own postgraduate research scholarships to outstanding applicants. Students who apply for a DTP scholarship based at Bristol will also be automatically considered for a University of Bristol scholarship. An application for a place on the PGR programme at the University of Bristol can be made at any time, but only those applications received before 12 January 2015 will be considered for a UoB scholarship.  For more details of PGR funding opportunities at the University of Bristol see

How to apply

SWW DTP Studentship Competition – opens 26 November 2014

The application process for SWW DTP studentships is open from 26 November 2014. The closing date ia 12 January 2015. Applications should be submitted online and further information is available on our website.

Apply to the SWW DTP


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