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AHRC and College Studentships

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

  • Date04 November 2020

The Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London is one of the major research departments in the UK. We have a large cohort of research students who create a vibrant academic community and a large number of academic staff who offer supervision on a remarkably varied geographical and historical range of music practices and disciplines.

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The Department is pleased to offer a number of awards and studentships to applicants who are accepted for the MPhil/PhD degree to commence in 2021. 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 technē Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Please see the technē website and the College’s AHRC-related webpages for more details. The technē consortium is led by Royal Holloway. The other member institutions are: Brighton, Kingston, Roehampton, University of the Arts London, Westminster, Loughborough London, Brunel and Surrey.  The consortium also has 15 organisational partners which include the National Archives, Natural History Museum, Heathrow, Kew and UNICEF, who will provide training and development opportunities for students.

Students who are unsuccessful in their application for a technē scholarship may be prioritised for the award of College scholarships (consisting of a stipend and/or fee waiver).


How to apply

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

Contact one or more prospective supervisors directly to discuss your project at the earliest opportunity. Please check here for details of research within the Department and here for details of the research expertise of academic staff. Alternatively, contact Professor Tina K. Ramnarine (, Postgraduate Research Lead for Music, who can advise you on supervision and put you in touch with relevant staff.

If you and your potential supervisor/s agree that the proposal may be suitable for a technē or College studentship, applications must be submitted online through the technē Application Portal, FlexiGrant. The online application form has sections to be completed by the applicant, lead supervisor, referees and Royal Holloway technē administrator. You will also need to complete a College application form. Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications to be considered for a technē or College studentship is Monday 11 January 2021.

Your application is first considered by internal panels of subject experts at Royal Holloway. You should hear in March whether the College will forward your application for consideration by the technē Peer Review College. If your application does go forward, you will hear in April whether it has been successful.  Unsuccessful applicants from both stages may be considered for College scholarships by a Faculty Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch directly if you have any questions about postgraduate study at Royal Holloway.

Professor Tina K. Ramnarine (

Postgraduate Research Lead for Music

Department of Music

Royal Holloway, University of London

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