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AHRC/Techne Doctoral Studentships

AHRC/Techne Doctoral Studentships

  • Date04 October 2021

The Department invites applications for AHRC studentships from candidates who are accepted for the MPhil/PhD degree to commence in 2022. The AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are offered through the Technē Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

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.

Our research is underpinned by a commitment to social justice and an inclusive vision of the role of music in today’s world. Staff expertise covers a broad chronology (from early music to contemporary) and geography (especially spanning the Americas, Asia and Europe). Our research clusters cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, integrating perspectives from the fields of creative practice, ethnomusicology, musicology and theory.

We have a strong record of collaboration beyond higher education. Our composers and performers work with all the BBC ensembles, with international dance companies, and with the Royal Opera House and Welsh National Opera. We host joint research projects and collaborative PhD studentships with libraries and archives, including the British Library and the Foundling Museum.


The Technē website and the College’s AHRC-related webpages provide full details of the AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver), which are offered through the Technē Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Technē 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.

Technē’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. Technē 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 Technē’s partner organisations in the cultural sector (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI, and Science Museum).

The Technē 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 Technē 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. 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 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 is 12 noon on Monday 17 January 2022.

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.

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


Professor Tina K. Ramnarine (

Postgraduate Research Lead for Music

School of Performing and Digital Arts

Royal Holloway, University of London

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