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Techne: Arts and Humanities Research Council

TECHNE2 graduate students will benefit from a multidisciplinary research culture that is self-reflexive and collegial in which peer learning and networking is highly valued. Students will benefit from an opportunity to co-produce training and development opportunities fit for the future of the PhD beyond 2030; access to staff expertise from a wide-range of universities; a commitment to and expertise in supporting diverse post-doctoral careers, enhanced by our existing training programme for the NPIF cohort and our collective contributions to the AHRC Creative Economies theme; proven track record of harmonious and efficient management and support of all aspects of the student’s DTP experience; strong Partner opportunities, including artist/writer residencies and named Partner fellowships. 

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TECHNE2 builds on a track record of supporting outstanding students pursuing the 'craft' of research through innovative, interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on creativity and practice. TECHNE2 is led by Royal Holloway, University of London and brings together nine HEIs in London and the South East in a DTP with a strong collegiate ethos. 

The strengths of the original DTP (which includes members of LDoc and Design Star CDTs and sustains that AHRC investment) will be enhanced by the addition of Westminster and Loughborough University London with their specialisms in design and media, and through Brunel's reputation in creative writing and industrial design. We consider the creative economies to be key to the development of arts and humanities research and that our DTP's profile will continue to attract many talented students in this area, augmenting the 11 NPIF studentships awarded to TECHNE in 2017. 

The vision and the training offered by TECHNE2 emphasises the interleaving of critical thinking, making, and reflexive action (episteme, poesis, and phronesis) in the craft of research. The DTP is bound by a collective commitment to valuing interdisciplinary research, particularly that which pushes the boundaries of arts and humanities research into science and social science. An emphasis on the interchange between the material, embodied practices of existing fields in the arts and humanities and digital creativity will be set alongside leadership in shaping the futures of practice-based PhDs.


As part of the DTP consortium, Brunel University London will support studentships for high-achieving arts and humanities scholars which will commence in October 2020. The studentships will be offered through the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences. DTP students will become members of the College’s vibrant research community, including one of the interdisciplinary research centers, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability or Global Lives, where they will benefit from Brunel’s diverse specialist expertise.


Academic qualifications

Applicants must satisfy AHRC eligibility requirements and should normally have a masters degree. Students who have already commenced doctoral study at Brunel University London may be eligible to apply for AHRC awards through technē. 

Residential eligibility

Applicants must be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA. International applicants are normally not eligible to apply for this studentship. See technē guidance notes (included in technē online application process) for full details of residency requirements.

English language entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed the English language IELTS requirements should be 7.0 overall, (7.0 for writing, and none below 6.5) in the last two years.

Funding and deadlines

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the studentship covers tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. The value of the stipend will be at the standard UKRI rate.

As a technē student, the person selected will have full access to the technē Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking opportunities, joining a cohort of about 50 students per year from across nine universities in London and the South East. Technē students can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and development activities.

The application process

Before applying to TECHNE, please note that 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 in three documents, which can be accessed via the 'Current Award Holders' page on the AHRC website:

  • UKRI Terms and Conditions of Training Grants
  • UKRI Training Grant Guide
  • AHRC's Training Grant Funding Guide 

If you already know the name of a potential supervisor in these subject areas, you may contact them directly. Alternatively, you can email the following subject contacts, giving them a brief idea of what your PhD proposal is on. They will forward your details to appropriate members of staff within the subject teams and someone will get back to you discuss further. 

  1. If you are advised that the proposal may be suitable for a technē studentship, you will need to complete the word version of the application form and Equal opportunities form.;
  2. If the College agrees to put your application forward to the Brunel University London open competition, internal panels of subject experts at BUL will consider it. You should hear in Mid-February whether your application will go forward to the technē stage of the competition. If your application does go forward, you will hear in April whether it has been successful.  A College Panel will consider unsuccessful applicants from the nomination stage automatically for College scholarships (Subject to availability) and you should hear the outcome in early May;
  3. Should your scholarship application be put forward you will be expected to complete the relevant online application for Research Degrees, and this must be done by no later than 31st March 2020.Please note you will be expected to attend an interview;
  4. Please note that a condition of the studentships is that you must hold an offer of the relevant research degree programme.

  Further details of the assessment process can be found on the technē website

How to apply 

  1. Techne Application form: Complete all sections of the application form up to section 17 and the Equal opportunities form. Guidance on how to complete the form, can be found here. Please note do not complete the application via the online portal yet.
  2. Two written references, they should have a good knowledge of your academic record to date and your plans for the research project. They should be in a position to judge your suitability and preparedness for doctoral study. Only one of your two referees can be a member of your proposed (or actual) supervisory team. You may ask the supervisor of your Masters dissertation to be one of your referees. It is however not necessary for either of your referees to be a member of your supervisory team unless you have already started your PhD, in which case we would expect one of your references to be from your supervisor. References must include:
      • The referee’s name and their relationship to you
      • Comment on your previous performance/achievements
      • Comment on your preparedness for doctoral study
      • Your predicted or actual degree result if appropriate
  1. Your up-to-date CV;
  2. Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  3. Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  4. Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  5. Evidence of Residential Eligibility. 

For advice of an academic nature, please contact Academic Techne Lead Prof Michael Wayne (Michael.wayne@brunel.ac.uk) . For all other enquiries, please contact techne@brunel.ac.uk

Please email all completed documents to techne@brunel.ac.uk by no later than midday 6th January 2020. Please note that Interviews for technē studentships may be required. Applicants are advised to be available should they be called for interview. Please note this webpage will be updated periodically, any enquiries please contact techne@brunel.ac.uk


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