South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

Deadline: CLOSED

The SWW DTP is offering up to 56 fully-funded PhD studentships across the arts and humanities for entry in September 2017 awarded on the basis of academic merit. For more information about how to perfect your application please see the department pages listed below and the SWW DTP website.

You will need to submit an application for a place at Bristol, as well as an application to the DTP for funding. Before submitting either application, we recommend discussing your proposal with a potential supervisor in your chosen department. You can contact them directly using the links below to the department pages. When you submit your application to Bristol for a place, please include details of a second supervisor at Bristol if you also with to be considered for other Bristol funding schemes. In order to be considered by the DTP, you will need to submit your application for a place at Bristol by 12 January 2017.

The studentship competition opens on Tuesday 29 November and closes on Thursday 12 January. More information is available on the SWW DTP website.


Why Bristol?

  • One of the top 40 universities in the world (QS World University rankings 2015)

    The SWW DTP connection builds from an existing platform of world-class disciplinary research at Bristol and within our partner universities.spanning the arts and humanities. Bristol also offers connections with established regional research and training networks, such as GW4, allowing students to formalise and extend research and training interactions among different universities.

  • Ranked in the top 5 UK institutions for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework)

    Your collaborative cross-institutional supervisory team, anchored in Bristol and connecting with others around the SWW DTP, will work together, and with you, to ensure you receive the bespoke training you need to develop both your disciplinary and where appropriate, inter-disciplinary knowledge, skills and expertise. In addition to the development opportunities within the academic partner institutions, your supervisory team will also help you identify development opportunities with our non-academic partner organisations including mentoring, placements, technical skills and more.

  • 83% of research rated as ‘world leading’ and internationally excellent’ (2014 REF)

    An exciting spectrum of world-class research: We offer opportunities to study within and beyond a wide variety of research themes across the Faculty of Arts.

  • The 4th most targeted university by top UK employers (High Fliers Research)

    Our research graduates follow a wide range of career paths in academia, research, the public sector, industry and non-governmental organisations with more than 90 percent in employment or further study within six months of completion.

  • Bristol is amazing: winner of What Uni? Student Choice Award 2015 for City Life

    Bristol is simply a fantastic city in which to live. It has also won prizes as the best city to live in with the Sunday Times thanks to its “great shopping, great scenery and great social scene… buzzy culture and night life and access to some fantastic countryside”. Bristol has over 450 parks and open spaces, was the UK’s first cycling city and European Green Capital 2015. Bristol is a great transport hub with London only 78 minutes away by train and an international airport a short bus ride from the city centre.

Archaeology and Anthropology Classics and Ancient History 
Film and Television Theatre
History History of Art
Law Philosophy
English French
German Religion and Theology
Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Translation
Italian Music
Russian and Czech  

The SWW DTP allows you the flexibility to complete your research in the way that is best for you... it also provides the framework and impetus to gain new skills, develop new approaches and take advantage of opportunities that will not end with the PhD, but continue into professional life.

Henry Webber, PhD student in Archaeology

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The UK is a world leader in arts and humanities research. The AHRC will enhance our global distinction by focusing on excellence of achievement, extending opportunity and building capacity through partnerships.