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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;
  • 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. 

What is TECHNE2?

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. 

As a member of the consortium, Brunel University brings a wealth of expertise in creative practice across the performing arts, film practice, creative writing and digital media. It specialises in developing reflective, critically informed practitioners who know the theoretical literature. It also has a large and world leading pool of social science experts across the disciplines, including media, sociology, anthropology, history, politics and journalism.

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, humanities and social science scholars.  

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 such as Global Lives or the Institute of Communities and Society, where they will benefit from Brunel’s diverse specialist expertise. 


How do I qualify for TECHNE2 ?

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. 

Eligibility and Awards

Awards are now open to both UK and International students .The current Stundentship awards include  UKRI stipend rate for 21/22 is £17609  and tuition fees at the UK rate, UKRI funding will not cover international fees set by universities.  Please see the UKRI website for further details.

Please note that any successful International applicants will receive a fee waiver of the difference between home and International fees. 

PLEASE NOTE that It is a current UKRI/AHRC requirement that fully funded students must live within a reasonable distance from their home institution (UKRI T&Cs Page 10 para.1).

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.


Timeline for application process 

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.

What is the application process for TECHNE2?

Before applying to TECHNE, please note that all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and UKRI 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 

You can begin contacting Brunel academics any time to start exploring possible matches between your research project and our expertise. The main period of working on your application is between September – December when you will receive feedback and support from both your potential supervisors and other senior academics. 

We have an internal Brunel deadline of Friday December 17th 2021 to submit your application to Brunel. 

In January a panel will review your application and decide whether it can go forward to be submitted to Techne. Those applications selected will receive feedback from the review panel to refine their applications prior to the deadline for submission to Techne which is on Feb 24th 2022.

  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. Your application must be submitted to Brunel's internal panels of subject experts by December 17th 2021 by 5pm. Send completed forms to: techne@brunel.ac.uk. The panel will make final decisions around mid-January 2022 as to which applications can be formally submitted to Techne and the panel will also give final feedback advice for those applications going forward.  If your application does go forward, you will hear in April whether it has been successful.  

  3. An internal Brunel review panel will decide which applications are strong enough to be submitted to the Techne competition. You can familiarise yourself with the Techne portal and draft versions of your application here https://techne.flexigrant.com/. You can download PDFs of your draft applications but you must not formally submit your application to Techne unless and until you are instructed to do by Brunel university. 

  4. Should your scholarship application be put forward to Techne you will be expected to apply to Brunel as a Doctoral candidate by April. Please note you will be expected to attend an interview. 

  5. 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 BA and MA/MSc degree certificate(s) in the relevant areas and transcript(s);

  4. Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, if appropriate;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 December 17th 2021 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. For more information about how to approach the Techne application see here.


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