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AHRC/TECHNE Studentships 2023

AHRC/Techne Doctoral Studentships available in the Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Date04 November 2022

The Department invites applications for AHRC studentships from applicants who are accepted for the MPhil/PhD degree to commence in 2023. The AHRC studentships are offered through the Techne Doctoral Training Partnership.


The Department

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 academic staff who offer supervision on a remarkably varied geographical and historical range of music practices and disciplines. Our research clusters cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, integrating perspectives from the fields of creative practice, ethnomusicology, musicology and theory. 



Full details about the AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are on the Techne ( website.

The Techne consortium comprises nine universities in London and the South-East and has almost 60 AHRC studentships to award each year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. 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.

Techne’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life: its students benefit from an exceptional range of training workshops and opportunities to engage with partners in the arts and cultural sector. Techne is committed to developing cross-member supervision and therefore welcomes and encourages cross institutional and/or cross disciplinary supervisory teams. The training programme is enhanced by engagement with Techne’s partner organisations in the cultural sector (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI, and Science Museum). 

 The Techne competition is now open to all international students who can apply for a full fees and stipend award (please note that students may be responsible for the difference between home fees and international fees). 

Students who are unsuccessful in their application for a Techne studentship will be considered for the award of College studentships (which may consist of a stipend and/or fee waiver): further details on these will be circulated as appropriate to relevant applicants. 


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. 

There will be a meeting for potential applicants on Friday 18 November 2022, 5-6pm on MS Teams (email: for a link). This meeting will share tips and good practice, help applicants to strengthen their applications, and provide an opportunity for questions.

If you and your supervisor/s agree that the proposal may be suitable for a Techne or College studentship, applications must be submitted online through the Techne Application Portal, FlexiGrant. The online application form has sections to be completed by the applicant, lead supervisor, referees, and Royal Holloway Techne administrator. Note that you will also need to complete a College application form


The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 16 January 2023. 


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 Techne Peer Review College. If your application does go forward, you will hear in April whether it has been successful.  


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


Professor Tina K. Ramnarine (

Postgraduate Research Lead for Music

Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London



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