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Scholarships and Other Funding

AHRC and College Studentships available in the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway's Drama and Theatre Department is one of the top research departments in the UK and has an international reputation for excellence. We have a large cohort of research students who create a vibrant academic community and take a leading role in the research culture of the Department - collaborating in the activities of research groups and projects, managing and editing the in-house, peer-reviewed journal Platform, organising conferences and events, and sharing their research with staff and peers.

The Department is pleased to offer a number of awards and studentships to students who are accepted for the MPhil/PhD degree in 2017. Those intending to study for a PhD in the Department are able to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships and for College studentships through a single process.

The AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are offered through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, which is led by Royal Holloway and comprises six other universities in London and the South East. TECHNE offers a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity. The training programme is enhanced by engagement with TECHNE’s 14 partner organisations in the cultural sector (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum). Approximately £380,000 is available for postgraduate studentships across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Students who are unsuccessful in their application for a TECHNE scholarship will be prioritised for the award of College scholarships (which may consist of a stipend and fee waiver or just a fee waiver).

How to apply

Prospective doctoral students who are interested in applying for a studentship should proceed as follows:

Contact Melissa Blanco Borelli, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department, to talk informally about your proposed research project. If appropriate supervision is available, you will be connected with the relevant member(s) of staff in order to discuss your proposal in detail.

If the Director of Graduate Studies and supervisors agree that the proposal may be suitable for a TECHNE or College studentship, you will need to complete both a College application form (an acceptance or offer of a place from the College is a prerequisite for consideration for a TECHNE award) and a TECHNE application form. The deadline for receipt of the College application form is 6 January 2017 and the deadline for receipt of the TECHNE application form is 29 January 2017.

The College application form is available from the Admissions webpage and the TECHNE application form from the TECNE page.

Please note that by completing the TECHNE application form, applicants will be considered for both TECHNE scholarships and College scholarships. The College application is completed online; please send your TECHNE application form to Ally Williams, the postgraduate administrator in the Department of Drama and Theatre.

You should hear in late March 2017 whether the Department will be forwarding your application for consideration by TECHNE. If your application does go forward to TECHNE, you will hear in late April whether or not it has been successful. Unsuccessful TECHNE applicants will be considered automatically for a College scholarship by a Faculty Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.

Further enquiries to the Department

For details of core areas of research within the Department, please see our research page.

For details of the research expertise of academic staff in the Department of Drama and Theatre, please see our staff directory.

For a listing of current staff research interests, and areas within which PhD application proposals would be particularly welcome, please see Staff Research Interests.

Please direct any further enquiries about Postgraduate Research in the Department of Drama and Theatre to the postgraduate administrator, Ally Williams.

Amy Buller PhD scholarship

Cumberland Lodge, with Royal Holloway, are once again offering an Amy Buller PhD Scholarship with an HEU fee waiver and stipend of £12,600.  Applications are invited in any discipline, but are particularly welcome in social science subjects.   Research areas should address a subject of contemporary ethical or moral concern or the causes and effects  of social division and intolerance.  Please send applications to the postgraduate administrator, Ally Williams or Melissa Blanco Borelli by the 30th January 2017.

Further information is on the Cumberland Lodge website:


Other sources of funding

In addition to the AHRC TECHNE scheme, students can access funding from a number of other sources. Information about the other types of funding available, including sources of funding for international students, can be found on the College webpage sources of funding.

Home/EU students who wish to be considered for a College Scholarship must apply through the TECHNE scheme in the first instance.

The College may consider a fee-waiver arrangement for students who have secured funding from an overseas government or similar national organisation.  Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator (ally.williams@rhul.ac.uk) if you could like to be considered for this arrangement.

Applicants for Postgraduate Taught programmes may be eligible to apply for a College Scholarship or Bursary.

Students undertaking an MA programme may be eligible for a Postgraduate Student Loan.  Information can be found on the Fees and Funding page.  Please note that students taking the Postgraduate Certificate, or those who are "topping up" the Postgraduate Certficiate with an MA year, are not eligible for these loans.

For full details of the funding that is available, please visit the Scholarships page.

Information on scholarships available for international students can be found on the International Scholarships page.

Information on tuition fees for postgraduate research students can be found on the research students Tuition fees page.

Information on tuition fees for postgraduate taught students can be found on the taught students Tuition fees page.


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