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AHRC Doctoral Studentships

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Fee status

England, Northern Ireland, Wales, European Union, International, Scotland


Postgraduate (research)


18 Dec 2019

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Learn about 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.

Background information

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

Funding value

The studentship will cover maintenance and fees for UK candidates, or fees only for EU candidates.

Eligibility and availability

  • applicants must hold an unconditional or conditional offer a PhD degree programme
  • applicants must not be holding another full scholarship for the 2020/21 academic session, though partial scholarship funding from elsewhere (e.g. fees only or stipend only) may still be considered
  • applicants must hold Home (UK) or EU status. See residency guidelines.
  • 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 2020-21 are not eligible to apply)
  • applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply

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 on our How to Apply page. 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 18 December 2019 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 which can be found below 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.

SGSAH AHRC DTP Open Competition Guidance 2020

SGSAH AHRC CDA guidance 2020

AHRC SGSAH DTP2 competition 2020 Timeline

SGSAH AHRC CDA guidance 2020


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