SGSAH AHRC DTP Studentship - How to Apply

SGSAH AHRC DTP Studentship - How to Apply

The SGSAH AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration of seven prestigious Scottish Universities and the Glasgow School of Art. 

Apply for a SGSAH AHRC Studentship to benefit from:

  • Research expertise at our prestigious members
  • Additional funds to support your training needs
  • Strong links and networks with our supporter organisations in the creative, cultural and heritage sectors
  • An engaged and committed cohort of doctoral researchers, working across the full range of arts and humanities disciplines.

Below you can find information on the application process. The process is broken into two stages.

Stage 1: Applications go through your HEI who in turn nominate successful students for the competition.

Stage 2: Successful applicants in Stage 1 then apply through the SGSAH online portal.

Applications for the 2017 SGSAH AHRC DTP Scholarship have now closed.

Why SGSAH?

Our prestigious studentships offer:

  • Fully-funded PhD studentships with a stipend of around £14,000 per annum plus fees
  • A core training programme to develop your skills & knowledge as a future research leader
  • Extra funds to extend your studies to gain additional skills through training, internships and artist in residences.
  • Opportunities to travel abroad to carry out research & fieldwork
  • Access to the richness of Scotland’s research expertise & collections
  • The chance to join an engaged & committed cohort of researchers working across the full range of arts & humanities disciplines

You can learn more about what SGSAH can offer by visiting our AHRC pages.


Am I eligible?

To be eligible you will need to have been accepted on a PhD programme & nominated by one of our eight Doctoral Training Partnership members:

We work as a partnership & welcome proposals supervised across our membership.


Residency Requirements

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Have been accepted to study at one of our 8 Doctoral Training Partnership members & been nominated to the competition by them
  • Meet the residency criteria set out by RCUK.
  • Have at least 50% of your PhD programme (3 years full-time or 6 years part-time) remaining at October 2017. Funding will only be available for the remaining period of study.
  • Be prepared to live within a reasonable distance of your lead HEI.  We define a reasonable distance as follows:  a student ought if necessary to be able to travel to the University every day to work core hours (10am to 4pm).

The AHRC also expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification. If you are not in this position you may be able to use relevant professional experience to provide evidence of your ability to undertake independent research. See our Guidance for more details. 

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Meet the residency criteria set out by RCUK.
  • Be prepared to live within a reasonable distance of the lead HEI.  We define a reasonable distance as follows:  a student ought if necessary to be able to travel to the University every day to work core hours (10am to 4pm).

The AHRC also expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification. If you are not in this position you may be able to use relevant professional experience to provide evidence of your ability to undertake independent research. See our Guidance for more details. 

Residency criteria

The following is taken from the RCUK Conditions of Research Council Training Grants document, p12.

“For purposes of residence requirements, the UK includes the United Kingdom & Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands & the Isle of Man). 

  • There are residence requirements for research council funding for postgraduate research. These are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.
  • Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees & Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 & subsequent amendments.”

The UK Government confirmed on 1 December 2016 that Research Council studentships (including AHRC studentships awarded through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities) remain open to EU students starting courses in academic year 2017 to 2018, & that the funding support will cover the duration of their course, even if the UK leaves the EU.


How do I Apply?

Applications for the 2017 SGSAH AHRC DTP Application have now closed.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our frequently asked questions by clicking here.