As well as the three year training programme run by SGSAH for AHRC DTP funded students, additional funding for training is available allowing you to potentially travel abroad to carry out research & fieldwork, extend your studies to gain additional skills through training, internships and artist in residences.

Student Development Fund (SDF)

Your AHRC studentship comes with an additional fund which can be used to extend the duration of your studentship to support your individual training needs. It can also be used to support the additional costs associated with training.

New/advanced skills development

Current students have used SDF to:

  • Learn or improve their language skills including Latin, Arabic, French, Syriac and Gaelic
  • Gain new and advanced skills to support their research and its dissemination, including film-making, zooarchaelogy, and photography.

We are strongly committed to supporting your international aspirations and outlook and students have used SGSAH funds to travel all over the world to carry out fieldwork.

Doctoral internships

Your AHRC studentship allows you to undertake an internship for up to 3 months full-time equivalent. You will be paid the usual stipend and your funding end date will be extended by the relevant period of time. 

SGSAH advertises internships each year or you can organise your own.  Recent internships include:

  • Researching audience attitudes towards content and the Scottish identity for BBC Scotland
  • A feasibility study for Creative Scotland and Scottish Government looking at arts and homelessness
  • Researching fake news for The Ferret Fact Check project
  • Mapping the music economy in Scotland with the Scottish Music Industry Association

Doctoral artist-in-residency

Many of our doctoral researchers use creative practice as a method of inquiry. Residencies are often a key part of artists’ careers, and so we are pleased to offer artist-in-residency opportunities for our doctoral researchers. These too allow you to extend your stipendiary period.

Visiting Doctoral Researcher Scheme

SGSAH students have received funding to study at prestigious institutions in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and the United States, under the supervision of leading experts in their fields.

Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

In addition to the funding managed by the SGSAH, your home-HEI administers the Research Training Support Grant. Each HEI receives a pot of funding for all of their AHRC-funded students to support study visits, conference attendance, as well as other research costs which are necessary for a student’s primary research (e.g. consumables and exhibition costs).

Cohort Development Fund (CDF)

You can work with staff and peers across Scotland to identify and address gaps in training, or to deliver innovative training in your field. Proposals for training must include at least three member HEIs from the 16 members of SGSAH in the design and/or delivery of the training, and must benefit at least ten students.

A recent example of a funded event was run by students from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. Entitled ‘War Through Other Stuff: Non-military narratives, artistic interpretations & the material culture of conflict’, this was a three day interdisciplinary conference dedicated to examining the alternative histories of conflict. You can learn more about it here.