technē is now welcoming applications for fully-funded studentships across the arts and humanities beginning in autumn 2021.

The University of Westminster is one of the nine universities that make up the AHRC-funded technē Doctoral Training Partnership.  

technē supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches across a range of the arts and humanities. For more information on technē and the kinds of projects it funds, please go to the techne website

As well as financial support, technē offers a developmental framework for doctoral researchers across the collaborating institutions, with research training, supportive community networks, professional and public engagement opportunities and a space for both independent and collaborative scholarship.

About the studentships

3.5 years full-time (7 years part-time) 
£17,285 per annum stipend full-time (£8,643 per annum part-time)* 

At Westminster we are offering technē studentships in the following areas: 

  • Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM). The Centre was judged by REF 2014 as the UK’s leading research centre working across art and design, with a rating of 95% of our research as ‘world leading’ or’ internationally excellent’ 
  • Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). The Communication and Media Institute (CAMRI) is a world leading centre in the study of media and communication, renowned for its critical and international research which has consistently been ranked highly according to the Research Excellence Framework and the QS World University rankings. In REF 2014 52% of our work was ranked ‘world leading’ and 87% ‘internationally excellent’.
  • English Literature, Languages and Visual Culture, which are all part of the School of Humanities. The research publications of the school’s staff in English Language, Literature and Linguistics were ranked by REF 2014 as being in the top 20 of departments in the UK and we also have ‘internationally excellent’ research in Visual Culture and in Modern Languages, including French, Spanish and Chinese.

*20/21 UKRI stipend rates

What does it include?

The studentships include maintenance and fees for 3.5 years for a full time student; or 7 years for a part-time student at 50% of the full-time studentship level each year (pro rata if you have already started your PhD). Studentships are open to students who have already started their doctoral study but they must have at least 50% of the funded period of an AHRC award (usually 18 months full time) remaining at the time they start their scholarship.

International students are eligible to apply for studentships but will be expected to pay the difference between the home and international fee rate themselves (as the studentship will only cover fees at the home rate, plus the stipend).**

**21/22 home fee rate is £5,520 and the international fee rate is £14,110. Therefore, international students will be expected to pay the difference between these fee rates themselves - £8,590.

Entry requirements

Students must comply with the AHRC eligibility criteria and other terms and conditions available on the AHRC’s webpage.

Entry criteria are normally at least a 2:1 in a relevant first degree and a masters degree. Applications should include a research proposal and all necessary additional documents. 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a place at the University of Westminster supported by a technē studentship, we strongly recommend you first contact a member of the academic staff in the relevant area and talk to them about your proposal. Contact details are:

If you would like to be considered for a technē studentship at the University of Westminster you need to apply to the University using the links below. The doctoral programmes at the University of Westminster that are eligible for technē studentships are:

You must apply for one of these programmes in order to be eligible for a technē studentship. If you apply for programmes in other areas your application will not be eligible.

Please make sure you indicate on your application form that you wish to be considered for a technē studentship.


The deadline for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 1 December 2020.

Interviews will be held week commencing 18 January 2021.

If the University decides to nominate your application to technē, it will then be put forward by the university to the technē review panel. The final decision on the allocation of studentships rests with the technē review panel. Applicants must hold an offer with the University of Westminster before their application can be nominated to technē.