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Applying for a PhD Studentship

Before applying for a PhD studentship, please ensure that you have read our General Information and Eligibility page.



To apply for a PhD studentship, you must use the application form specific to the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training. You can download this form from the relevant call page under the ‘Funding Opportunities’ tab.


We have prepared detailed guidelines to help you complete the application, which you can also download below. Please read these carefully and ensure that you adhere to the character limits and provide any supplementary material that is required. Applicants who exceed the character limit of Section 7 of the application form will be disqualified from the competition.


The 3D3 application form will ask you to tell us at which institution you intend to be based, but all the applications must be sent to UWE Bristol in the first instance as the administrative centre for the consortium.


The 3D3 co-ordinator at UWE Bristol will send your application to the relevant institution where it will be considered in detail by the staff who are potential supervisors. If your application is considered to be high quality and can be adequately supervised, you will be invited to interview at the institution in which you are to be based. Final decisions will be made after interviews have taken place (please see ‘Key Dates’ below).


Supplementary Material

In addition to your application form, and at the same time, you will need to submit some additional documents and material. These include a CV (3 pages maximum), evidence of your English language qualifications (if you do not have a degree from a UK institution), a sample of critical writing (3000 words maximum), and evidence of your ability to undertake the practice-led research you are proposing (e.g. a DVD, portfolio, links to website, reviews, catalogue, etc.). You also must enclose an Equal Opportunities monitoring form (which you can download below).


Please note that no other supplementary material will be considered by the studentship selection panel (e.g. an extended proposal or personal statement/covering letter or essays/theses over 3000 words).


You will also need to arrange for two references to arrive by the application deadline. You can download a reference form below (please fill in the top section and send it to  your referees to complete). These must be sent directly to 3d3@uwe.ac.uk by your referees, and not attached to your application.