Techne awards up to 60 AHRC/UKRI studentships each year across the range of arts and humanities disciplines: 45 in its open competition and 12 through the Collaborative Doctoral Award route.
Studentships include maintenance and UK rate fees for 3.5 years (42 months) for a full time student; or 7 years (84 months) for a part-time student (50% of maintenance). This is pro rata if you have already started your PhD. You should note that you must submit your thesis during your funded period on or before your funding end date.
Studentships are open to students who have already started their doctoral study, they must have at least 50% of the period of their PhD remaining at the time they start the studentship.
EU students are now classed as International students and the AHRC/UKRI competition is now open to all International students who are able to apply for a UK Fees and stipend award subject to the conditions on the UKRI website. Please note that students may be responsible for the difference between UK Fees and International Fees (this should be discussed with the Techne institution through which you wish to apply).
If you are not sure which institution fits with your research, please have a look at our current student community, you can sort by subject area, have a look at the research titles and synopsis and at which institution the student is studying. This may help you narrow down your search for your best fit.
Techne welcomes both interdisciplinary research proposals and those focussed within traditional discipline areas.
If you are interested in a Techne studentship, please contact a member of staff at the university where you wish to study in the first instance and check their deadlines - these vary by institution. You can find out who this should be on our Members, Partners and Students. The member of staff will be able to advise you on your suitability for a Techne studentship, and support you through the application process. It will be necessary to apply separately for both a Techne studentship and a place at your chosen university.
Only when directed to do so by your chosen university, students should submit their Techne application through the Techne Application Portal, you may only do so once you have been notified by your Supervisor or the Techne administrator who will give you the link. You should complete your application using the guidance on the portal front page.
Students must comply with the AHRC’s eligibility criteria and other terms and conditions available on the AHRC's Current Award Holders web page. The current value of a studentship can be found at the bottom of the same page.
Applications to Techne are assessed in four stages.
1. The university at which you wish to study assesses your application and decides whether to include it in the quota of applications it forwards to Techne. Please contact the university as soon as possible to ask them about the dates. The university will tell you whether your application has passed this stage.
2. All applications are then scored by members of the Techne Peer Review College, which comprises academics with expertise in relevant disciplines.
3. At the third stage in late March, the application is considered at a meeting of the Techne Subject Group. The Subject Group comprises experts from each member university, and an independent chair. The Subject Group produces a list of recommendations for awards.
4. At the final stage, in April each year, the Techne Management Group finalises the list of students to receive awards with a list of reserves for any declines.
Applicants should therefore expect to hear the outcome of their application in early May/June each year.