Partnership PhDs

Partnership (co-funded) PhD studentships starting in 2020/2021 are open for applications.  This is an open, ongoing call for applications.


UWE is aiming to increase postgraduate research student numbers, in part through working more closely with its partners to deliver a high quality postgraduate research experience.  Funds are now available to support Partnership (co-funded) PhD studentships, starting during 2020/2021.  Further information and requirements can be found in the PGR Partnership Studentship Opportunities document.

Application process

Applications should be made by a UWE academic with the confirmed commitment of an external partner. The following needs to be sent to

  • completed application form
  • spreadsheet of costs
  • RDCV for each supervisor
  • confirmed commitment of the external partner
  • confirmation that you have got Faculty approval (Associate Dean RKE or delegated authority) please cc them when you email your application.

Applications can be made at any time although start dates must fit with the existing timetable that allows students to start on 1 October, 1st January, 1st April.

Applications will be considered by a panel of the Graduate School Committee, reporting to the University Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee. The panel will comprise the four Chairs of Faculty Research Degree Committees, or their nominees, and be chaired by the Graduate School Director. Input or expertise may be accessed from other sources as necessary.

We aim to give you an outcome within three weeks of submitting your application.


Any studentship opportunity should be advertised openly and recruitment must be through the usual UWE PGR recruitment process.

The external sponsor should be represented on the interview panel. 

The recruitment process may be initiated once the application has been approved by the panel but a candidate cannot be appointed until a partnership agreement with the co-sponsor is signed.


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