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Arts & Humanities Research Council funding


Royal Holloway is the lead member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, which offers Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awards for those commencing postgraduate study in September 2018. 

There will be a TECHNE Open Evening for prospective students on Wednesday 1st November 5.30pm to 8pm at Royal Holloway Bedford Square (central London).  Please register via Eventbrite.

TECHNE comprises seven universities and  is one of the 11 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships. TECHNE's vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Its students will benefit from a diverse range of training workshops and opportunities to engage with partners in the arts and cultural sector.

Students may apply to TECHNE for a doctoral award by submitting a TECHNE application through Royal Holloway.  If you are interested in applying for a TECHNE award, the first step is to speak to a prospective supervisor or the Director of Graduate Studies in the relevant department. Departments set their own January 2018 application deadlines: 

  • Classics: 19th
  • Drama, Theatre and Dance: 8th
  • English: 8th
  • Geography: 21st
  • History: 8th
  • Media Arts: 5th
  • Modern Languages: 10th

Please check with other Departments for their application deadline. It is not possible to submit an application directly to TECHNE: you must apply through one of the member universities. Overseas students are not eligible for AHRC awards, and EU students are eligible for fees only.

There are around 50 awards per annum for students who are applying to undertake PhD study.  This includes those who are applying initially as an MPhil student with the intention to upgrade to PhD study. Rates for 2017/18 are  £16,553 for maintenance and £4,195 for fees (three years full-time or part-time equivalent for five years).

Students who apply for a TECHNE award will be considered automatically for a College Scholarship.


TECHNE awards are available in the following subjects at Royal Holloway.  Please discuss how your research proposal fits with the work of the department with the Director of Graduate Studies or your potential supervisor.

Subject Royal Holloway Department  
Cultural Geography Geography
Philosophy Politics and International Relations  
Development Studies Geography and  Politics and International Relations  
English and Creative Writing English  
Modern Languages & Literatures Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures  
Comparative Literatures and Cultures Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures  
Theology, Divinity, Religion Classics and History  
Media, Film and TV Media Arts  
Music Music  
Drama and Theatre Drama and Theatre  
Cultural Studies English and  Media Arts  
Classics & Archaeology Classics  and Geography  
History  History  

Please see below for a brief description of the application process for a TECHNE AHRC award for September 2018 entry.

Further details are available in the TECHNE Application Guidance Notes. Students need to submit both a Royal Holloway application to the College and a TECHNE application to the relevant  Royal Holloway department.  
All AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and RCUK Terms and Conditions. Please ensure that you are familiar with them: they are set out three documents which can be accessed via the 'Current Award Holders' page on the AHRC website:

  • Research Council Terms and Conditions of Training Grants
  • RCUK Training Grant Guide
  • AHRC's Training Grant Funding Guide 

Note that overseas students are not eligible for AHRC awards and in most cases EU students are eligible for fees only. You can find current maintenance and fee rates at the bottom of the 'Current Award Holders' page on the AHRC website.

To contact your prospective academic department, please consult the list of  Directors of Graduate Studies at Royal Holloway.

 Application process for doctoral awards

1. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies or potential supervisor in the relevant department to discuss your research proposal, the supervision that may be available, and whether you might be considered a suitable candidate for a TECHNE award.

2. If the Director of Graduate Studies agrees that you are a suitable candidate for a TECHNE award, submit both a College Application form, a TECHNE application form with supporting documentation, and an Equal Opportunities form by the deadline set by the Department.  The TECHNE application and Equal Opportunities form should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, or other person they nominate.

 Assessment process

Your application is first considered by internal panels of subject experts at Royal Holloway. You should hear in March whether the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences will forward your application for consideration by TECHNE. If your application does go forward you will hear in April whether or not it has been successful.  Unsuccessful applicants from both stages will be considered automatically for College scholarships by a Faculty Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.

Further details of the assessment process can be found on the TECHNE website.

Enquiries are best addressed to the relevant department, but general questions may be sent to techne@rhul.ac.uk

 Links to application documents for 2018 entry


Doctoral students funded by the AHRC can apply to the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences  to access the AHRC Research Training Support Grant to support study visits or overseas conferences.




 TECHNE Enquiries

Please email techne@rhul.ac.uk if you have any enquiries about the TECHNE application process.



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