Securing the future of arts and humanities research in the UK

Date: 28/11/2016

Plans for a new round of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) have been launched today by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Designed to provide world-class training opportunities for arts and humanities doctoral students in the UK, this new round of DTPs will commence in 2018 and provide studentships that begin in October 2019.

Research organisations, based in the UK, that are interested in helping to deliver the scheme should look to form a consortium of at least two organisations. To meet the key criteria for DTP2, organisations will be required to focus on excellent training, championing inter-disciplinarity and deepening collaboration with the voluntary, public and commercial sectors.

Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said: “We want to work with the successful consortia to deliver doctoral training that nurtures and supports the next generation of arts and humanities researchers. It’s vital that we invest now in building the capability and capacity to support the UK as a place for world-class research in the arts and humanities.

“This DTP2 call is launched in a more constrained funding environment than its predecessor. It will nevertheless still seek to develop strong links between researchers and the wider arts and culture sector. We look forward to seeing how proposals build on the success of the first round of DTPs, and deliver new innovative training and support for the arts and humanities and the wider economy in which PhD students are employed.”

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is the largest UK funder of postgraduate training in the arts and humanities.

Research organisations delivering the Doctoral Training Partnerships will make the decisions about tailored studentship awards based on the needs of each student.

Any consortium of research organisations that are interested in applying for a Doctoral Training Partnership need to submit a statement of intent by the 13th April 2017. Early in 2017, the AHRC will be running a series of town hall meetings and surgeries to discuss the schemes in more detail.

More information and guidelines on the Doctoral Training Partnerships 2 Call can be found on the AHRC website.

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Notes to editors:

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