TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership

TECHNE’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Students will benefit from a diversity of training opportunities and be able to draw on supervisory expertise from across the Consortium.

As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Surrey students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships.

TECHNE is a consortium of seven universities in London and the South East offering a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity and developing career potential both in and beyond higher education. TECHNE’s training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum) in the cultural sector.

TECHNE offers a unique model for collaborative research skills training for PGR students across seven higher education institutions (Royal Holloway, Brighton University, Kingston University, Roehampton University, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey, and University of the Arts London). TECHNE’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Students will benefit from a diversity of training opportunities and be able to draw on supervisory expertise from across the Consortium.

Studentships are awarded by TECHNE to the best students put forward by its member universities.

Eligibility

Open to Home and EU candidates; please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the RCUK's Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful.

How to apply

It is not possible to apply directly to TECHNE for a studentship; applications for students wishing to be based at Surrey must be made via the University of Surrey. Your TECHNE application will therefore go through a two-stage process, being considered firstly by either the Department of Music and Media, GSA or the School of Literature and Languages, to go forward to TECHNE and, if successful, secondly by a panel of subject specialists from TECHNE members.

You will need to take the following steps to submit an application for a studentship:

1. Identify and speak to a prospective supervisor

Within the School pages above you will find links to the staff lists. Use the lists to identify a prospective supervisor and contact them to discuss your project before submitting an application. You should also inform the PGR Director for the area that you are interested in applying for TECHNE funding. The PGR Directors are:

School of Literature and Languages – Dr Allan Johnson and Dr Doris Dippold

Department of Music and Media – Professor Stephen Goss

GSA – Prof Robert Shaughnessy (1st Semester) and Rachel Hann (2nd Semester)

2. Apply for a place on a Surrey PhD programme

Once you have discussed your project with a prospective supervisor you will need to make an application for a place on a PhD programme. Please browse our programme listings for a relevant programme. You can apply for a place by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the relevant programme page. The deadline for applying for a place on a PhD programme is 23:59 11 December 2017.

3. Prepare a studentship application

Your prospective supervisor will inform you if you should make an application for a studentship. If you are selected to apply for a studentship, you will need to complete:

Please refer to the Guidance Notes when preparing your studentship application. 

Studentship applications must be submitted to the University SharePoint site by 23:59 28 January 2018.

4. After submission

Between 29 January and 21 February 2018, your studentship application will be considered by an internal panel. The highest quality applications will be put forward to TECHNE by 22 February 2018. TECHNE panels will review applications and ratify awards on 16 April 2018. 

If you have any questions or queries about the TECHNE process please get in touch with Emma and Christine at: phdstudentships@surrey.ac.uk.