SGSAH AHRC DTP Studentship - How to Apply

At this stage, applications should proceed through your HEI.

The application process for the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship is divided into two parts.

1. An application made to your chosen HEI. This application process is wholly run by your chosen HEI through an unique process. You should contact them as soon as possible to find out how they are selecting proposals for nomination, and their internal deadlines for applications.

2. Students who are successful in being nominated by their HEI through a traditional PhD will progress to the second part of the process. Applications are then made through the SGSAH AHRC Scholarship Application System in February 2019.

The first step in the process is to check that you are eligible to receive an award. Please consult each section below for details on this aspect of the application process.

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Application Process

Read the guidance document thoroughly before applying. You should then contact your chosen institution(s) as soon as possible to find out how they are selecting proposals for nomination, and their internal deadlines for applications. Note that internal deadlines are likely to be much earlier than SGSAH’s deadline. 

SGSAH operates an electronic application system via our website which will be open 1 February 2019 and close at 12 noon GMT, 13 February 2019. The guidance includes a template for the information you will be required to complete online.

The online process involves:

  • Inputting information to our electronic form. See the guidance document for details.
  • Uploading one single PDF of your academic transcripts.
  • Uploading the PDF Institutional Statement that will be provided by your nominating HEI.
  • Uploading confirmation of your offer of a place from your lead-HEI.

It is the student applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they have all the necessary documents ready to upload to the online application system.

Late applications will only be considered where there is evidenced breakdown in SGSAH’s operational systems and where such systemic failures have made submission by the deadline impossible. Please note that we will not accept late applications where there has been systemic failure at the applicant’s end (e.g. failure of internet connection). For this reason, we strongly advise applicants to complete the application process at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline.


To be eligible you will need to have been accepted on a PhD programme and nominated by one of our Doctoral Training Partnership members. You should contact your chosen institution(s) as soon as possible to find out how they are selecting proposals for nomination, and their internal deadlines for applications. Note that internal deadlines are likely to be much earlier than SGSAH’s deadline. 

It is expected that you will be supervised by the best possible team. So, whilst you can only be nominated by one HEI, you could be supervised by a team from two or three HEIs from across our membership. You should discuss this with your proposed supervisor at your chosen nominating HEI.

To be eligible to apply you must also 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 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. 

Residency Criteria

These studentships have residency requirements set by UK Research Innovation (UKRI), which are set out below. Contact the postgraduate office in your chosen lead-HEI if you have any queries about your eligibility.

The following is taken from the UKRI Training Grant Guide document, p17.

"The legal basis for defining residence eligibility for postgraduate training awards is set down in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if:

  • The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay


  • has been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship grant. 


  • has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education).

Tuition-fees-only studentships for EU nationals to study in the United Kingdom

  • Candidates from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible (subject to their eligibility on grounds of academic qualifications) for awards restricted to the payment of tuition fees only; no maintenance award will be payable. In order to be eligible for a fees-only award, a candidate must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK candidates must be ordinarily resident in the UK."

The UK Government confirmed on 28 May 2019 that EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of their courses.

Which HEIs are Covering my Subject?





Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Museum Studies

  • Archaeology: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, UHI
  • Art History: Glasgow, GSA, Edinburgh, St Andrews
  • Classics: Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews
  • Museum Studies (incl. Heritage and conservation): Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Strathclyde, Stirling, UHI
  • Cultural Geography: Glasgow, Edinburgh, UHI


Creative Arts & Design

  • Architecture: GSA, Edinburgh, Strathclyde
  • Creative Writing: Dundee, Glasgow, GSA, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde
  • Dance (incl. Choreography): RCS, Edinburgh
  • Design: Dundee, GSA, Edinburgh, Strathclyde
  • Drama, Theatre Studies & Performance: Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, RCS, St Andrews
  • Music: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, RCS, St Andrews, UHI as third supervisor
  • Visual Arts: Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, GSA, Edinburgh, St. Andrews; Stirling, UHI as third supervisor



Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, UHI


Media, Communications, Cultural Policy, Cultural Studies, Library and Information Studies,  Film & TV, Law, International Development

  • Cultural Policy & Arts Management: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow
  • Cultural Studies, incl. Gender and Sexuality Studies &  Pop Culture: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, GSA, Stirling, Strathclyde
  • Information and Communications Technology: Dundee, Strathclyde
  • Library and Information Studies: Dundee, Glasgow, Strathclyde
  • Media(including Journalism, Publishing, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Film History, Theory and Criticism): Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, GSA, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde
  • Law: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde
  • International  Development, Diplomacy and International Relations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, St. Andrews



Modern Languages and Linguistics

  • Modern Languages: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling (French), Strathclyde
  • Gaelic: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, UHI
  • Linguistics: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde


Philosophy & Theology

  • Philosophy: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St Andrews
  • Theology: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews, Stirling, UHI


Scottish & English Literature

Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde


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