Why SGSAH?

Why SGSAH?

The SGSAH AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship offers more than just funding. Whilst it does offer fully-funded PhD studentships with a stipend of around £14,700 per annum plus fees, SGSAH is charged by the AHRC to provide you with training that will help you to reach your full potential as a researcher. To do this, we have devised a Research Leadership Training Programme. 

Our three-year core training programme has been designed to work alongside the training available to you through your home HEI(s), to help you develop the skills and knowledge you will need to be an effective, ethical, creative and excellent researcher, in whatever field you choose. It is structured as follows

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Year 1 - Gathering

November - AHRC Induction and SGSAH Welcome Event

The first year begins with an Induction event in November, to introduce you to other AHRC-funded doctoral researchers across Scotland and to the opportunities available to you through your studentship and through SGSAH more widely. You will hear from existing students about how they have used their funding and see their work in progress.

January - 1st Year Residential, Connecting & Communicating

Extending from the Induction event, a first year residential is held in Stirling in January. Connecting and Communicating focuses on peer networking, researcher responsibilities and doctoral destinations. It includes an opportunity to engage with research impact through a visit to a cultural organisation. As befits a Scottish graduate school, we celebrate our gathering with a Burns’ Night Ceilidh. 

June - Summer School

The third component of the Year 1 programme is the SGSAH Summer School. This takes place in Glasgow in June each year. We provide workshops and lectures to illuminate your thinking and stimulate your research and learn how to demonstrate the impact of your research through the Doctoral Research Showcase event. You can learn more about our Summer School by clicking here.


Year 2 - Sharing

September - 2nd Year Residential, Reflections and Resilience

Your second year begins with a residential event, Reflections and Resilience, which focuses on wellbeing. This is held in September. Recognising the particular challenges of doctoral research, and of being a doctoral researcher, our aim in the second year is to help you identify stress triggers and to equip you with the means to address these. Befitting the focus on wellbeing, this residential is held on the Isle of Cumbrae. You will also share your research progress with your peers at this residential, and find out more about SGSAH’s internship and artist-in-residency programmes as well as hear from post-docs about life after the PhD. 

June - Summer School, Second Year Symposium

As with the Year 1 programme, the Year 2 programme includes the SGSAH Summer School. The unique feature of this for second year doctoral researchers is a Doctoral Researcher Symposium, where students coming to the end of their second year organise a symposium to share their research with peers. 


Year 3 - Advancing

March - 3rd Year Residential, To the Thesis – and Beyond!

The third year residential event, To the Thesis – and Beyond! is intended to support your development towards post-doctoral status. Career-relevant training for academia and beyond includes how to turn your PhD thesis into a monograph, how to apply for post-doctoral funding and fellowships, and how to prepare for interviews.

June - Summer School, Doctoral Researcher Impact Showcase

Of particular interest to Year 3 researchers is the Doctoral Research Impact Showcase, which provides up to twenty third year students the opportunity to demonstrate how their research makes a difference in the wider world and to network with people from that wider world.


When becoming a SGSAH AHRC Funded student you also gain access to the richness of Scotland's research expertise and collections. Through SGSAH's links with HEIs and our huge range of partner organisations you can benefit from a wide variety of contacts and organisations providing further value to your research and training. You will also be part of a national cohort of researchers working across a full range of disciplines which you can access and work with throughout your research.