Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Studentships

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AHRC Funded Studentship Opportunities: Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship 2022-2023

Key Facts

Fee status

England, Wales, NI, Republic of Ireland, European Union, International, Scotland


Postgraduate (research)


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Number of awards

Value of awards

Your country/region

All international

This prestigious scholarship, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is for students from anywhere in the world for a PhD in any field of the arts and humanities.

Background information

The SGSAH AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration of eight prestigious Scottish Universities alongside Scotland's specialist institutions The Glasgow School of Art and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

It offers a fully-funded PhD with stipend, a robust three and a half year training programme and access to Scotland's resources through our strong links and national networks with our supporter organisations in the education, creative, cultural and heritage sectors.

The University of Stirling is a member of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). It is also a member of Higher Education Institution of the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland (AHRC DTP Scotland).

The SGSAH has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships, training and support for postgraduate Research Students in the Arts and Humanities.

The DTP studentship offers a high-value scholarship package which supports students to pursue innovative research in their chosen research areas. The design of the DTP will benefit successful students from training and development opportunities, such as events, internships and artist residencies, short term language courses and summer school.

The University of Stirling is now taking applications for AHRC-funded PhD studentships in the following subject areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Heritage
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Modern Languages (French)
  • Museum Studies (incl. Heritage and conservation)
  • Philosophy
  • Popular Culture
  • Publishing
  • Scottish Literature
  • Television History, Theory and Criticism
  • Theology
  • Visual Arts

Full guidance provided by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities.

Eligibility and availability

  • Applicants must hold an unconditional or conditional offer to read for a PhD in a relevant subject at the University of Stirling.
  • Applicants must not be holding another full scholarship for the 2022/23 academic session, though partial scholarship funding from elsewhere (e.g. fees only or stipend only) may still be considered.
  • Applicants may be either new or continuing students (note that students entering their third year of full-time study, or fifth year of part time study in 2022-23 are not eligible to apply).
  • Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply.
  • From the academic year 2021/22, the AHRC via SGSAH has been offering awards to PhD researchers from around the world (the UK, the EU and International). All funded PhD students, whether UK, EU or International will be eligible for a full award – both a stipend to support living costs, and fees at the HEIs’ UK rate.

How do I apply?

You will apply for the studentship through the University of Stirling. You will need to identify a potential supervisory team and discuss your proposal and application with them in the first instance. You can find a potential supervisor at ‘Choose a subject and find a supervisor on How to apply to our Research Degrees. Alternatively, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies can help you identify a supervisor specialised in the area of your proposed research project. Enquiries can be sent to

The completed forms will have to be submitted to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate Studies Office ( by 5pm on 10 December 2021 (and copied in to the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies, Professor Holger Nehring) to enable us to carry out an internal Review Process for nomination.

On nomination by the University of Stirling, you can then apply to the PhD research programme using our online application portal. Before applying, you should refer to the documents for additional guidance on the process.

You should also send your note of interest to the Graduate Studies Office ( in order to be exempted from the Find A Supervisor process.

Internal Stirling Deadline for both PhD application and the draft AHRC application: 5pm, 10 December 2021.

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