Student-led Awards

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs)


Applications for the SWW DTP2 studentships for entry in September 2021 are not yet open. The student-led award competition and the competition for CDA awards both open on 30 November 2020 and close on 25 January 2021. A link to the application system will be provided on this page in time for the start date. A total of 47 awards are available in the 2020-2021 applications round, with 5 reserved for the CDA route.

Click on the link to see more information on the recuitment process SWW DTP2 Recuitment FAQs 2020.

Student-led Award Application and Assessment Timeline:


Applications open: Monday 30 November 2020

Applications close: 11.59pm on Monday 25 January 2021

Application assessment: Between the application deadline and the notification of successful awards, each application will be reviewed by three reviewers independently. The highest scoring applications will then be assessed comparatively by subject panels and a ‘long list’ from each panel will be submitted to a comprehensive awarding board for final selection. Selection is on academic merit only. There are no quotas of any kind, either for institutions within the Consortium or for subject-areas.

Notification of successful award: Thursday 1 April 2021

Deadline for acceptance of award: Thursday 29 April 2021


CDA Application and Assessment Timeline:


Five CDA projects will be advertised on the SWW DTP website by: Monday 30 November 2020

Applications open: Monday 30 November 2020

Applications close: Monday 25 January 2021

Applicant interviews: between Wednesday 27 January and Wednesday 3 March 2021 (during this period projects are also revised to take account of chosen applicants’ input).

Deadline for revised application by chosen applicants: Wednesday 3 March 2021

Notification of awards: Thursday 1 April 2021

Deadline for acceptance of awards: Thursday 29 April 2021


What happens if I am offered a studentship with the SWW DTP2?

After the assessment period you will be notified by email if you have been offered an award. You will then need to confirm whether you wish to accept or decline the offer by Thursday 29 April 2021.

If you accept, we will send you a formal award letter which provides key details of the studentship.


What happens if I am not offered a studentship with the SWW DTP2?

SWW DTP2 routinely receives more applications that would merit funding than can actually be funded. The Awarding Board determines a cohort of ‘first offers’ to be made on 1 April 2021 but also compiles a ranked ‘reserve list’ of applications that are of sufficient quality as potentially to deserve funding but which were not ranked as highly as the first cohort. Successful applicants sometimes decline their awards for a variety of good reasons. If ‘vacancies’ arise, SWW DTP2 will contact those on the ‘reserve list’ in rank order with an offer of a studentship. The final list of autumn starters in 2021 is likely to include a number from the ‘reserve list’. Some ‘reserve list’ offers may be made as late as August 2021.

If you are nonetheless unsuccessful, details of the next studentship competition (for entry in September 2022) will be available on our website in the autumn of 2021. You may apply again as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for an SWW DTP2 award as published in that round.

SWW DTP Feedback Procedure

If you would like to request general feedback on your application then please email Requests should be made before the end of the award cycle (Thursday 29 April 2021). Requests for feedback after that point will not be considered.

For full guidance on the feedback procedure please click here: SWW DTP2 Feedback Procedure 2020-2021

SWW DTP Complaints Procedure

For full guidance on the SWW DTP’s complaints procedure, please click here: SWW DTP2 Complaints Procedure 2020-2021