AHRC PhD Studentships at the University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Through its continuing Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme, The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) brings together leading academic institutions to provide innovative postgraduate training and support for the next generation of researchers.

The University of Aberdeen is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects. The University of Aberdeen is now taking applications for AHRC-funded PhD studentships in the following subject areas:

  • Art History
  • Archaeology
  • Creative Writing
  • Communication Studies
  • Cultural and Museum Studies
  • Divinity and Theology
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Scottish Literature
  • Translation Studies
  • Visual Culture

How will I benefit? How much can I receive?

As members of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), students will also have access to unique training opportunities including access to training events, mentoring, talks, visits and funded placements /internships. This complements and adds value to the rich resources and researcher development strategy underpinning Aberdeen’s commitment to your personal and professional growth.

Normally only those students who have been resident in the UK, for purposes other than education, for the preceding three years are eligible for a full award. For some awards candidates who are nationals of a member state of the EU and are resident in the UK may be eligible for fees only awards. This current stipend rate for 2017/18 is £14,553.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The UK Government confirmed on 21 April 2017 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 2018 to 2019, and that the funding support will cover the duration of their course, even if the UK leaves the EU. 

Why Aberdeen?

With postgraduates making up almost half of all our students in Arts & Social Sciences postgraduate education in the Arts & Humanities is central to the University's mission. We aim to enable research students to take control of their future and achieve their potential. In this way, you will be part of a thriving community of postgraduate research students producing world class research. 

Am I eligible for funding?

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.  

How do I apply?

In addition to submitting a Postgraduate Study Application, a Scholarship Application form should be completed and submitted to the Postgraduate Research School.

Application forms can be obtained by contacting Ann Marie Johnston, Postgraduate Research School Adviser, Room 199, Fraser Noble Building, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3UE or by emailing a.m.johnston@abdn.ac.uk.

  • Completed applications should be returned by Friday 15th December 2017

Find out about research and admissions procedures

 General queries regarding AHRC scholarships at the University of Aberdeen should be directed to Ann Marie Johnston at a.m.johnston@abdn.ac.uk.

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