Research Council Postgraduate Funding 2015

We expect well qualified UK and EU students in certain disciplines within the School to be able to apply to the following research councils. Students should apply to the council that is most relevant to their area of study.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (2015 entry)

The University of Edinburgh 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 doctoral studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects. The consortium is organised through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities.


  • Candidates will normally hold a relevant First Class Honours degree (such as MA, BA, MSc, BSc or LLB) and preferably a similar calibre of postgraduate masters degree.
  • Students in History, Classics or Archaeology are eligible to apply. Although competition for these awards is intense, five candidates in our School were offered AHRC awards for 2014/15 entry.
  • If you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period preceding the start-date of your proposed postgraduate programme, you may be eligible to apply for a “full award”, which pays your tuition fees and a maintenance grant. If you are from a European Union country, other than the UK, and you have been resident in an EU country for a period of three years preceding the start of your proposed study, you may be eligible for a “fees-only” award, which pays your tuition fees, but does not provide a maintenance grant.
  • If you are resident neither in the UK nor in another EU country, you are not eligible to apply for an AHRC studentship.
  • To be considered for an AHRC award, you must already have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.
  • PhD students who are currently in their first year of study are eligible to apply

Application process

  • Due to the short timescale for applications, please register your interest for the AHRC studentship with the Graduate School of History, Classics and Archaeology as soon as possible to allow us to fast track your PhD application.
  • You will not be able to access the online funding application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh and have full EASE authentication.
  • Your application for admission must be complete by the end of Monday 5 January 2015, including all your supporting documentation (research proposal, reference, copies of qualifications). We require this documentation in order to take a decision on whether we can offer you a study place. You will need to liaise closely with your two referees to ensure they supply the required references by this date.
  • Your application for AHRC funding must be completed using the online form no later than Friday 9 January 2015.

Further information and applying

Applications for the studentship and to study with us should be done online.

Further information on the studentships can be found on the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities website.


Applicants will be notified by Monday 9 February 2015 if they have been selected to go forward to the AHRC selection panels.

Economic and Social Research Council studentships (2015 entry)

The University of Edinburgh is a member institution of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science doctoral training college which is funded and accredited by the Social and Economic Research Council (ESRC).

The SGSSS DTC provides world-class postgraduate research and training in the social sciences across a wide range of disciplines, known as 'pathways', including Economic and Social History. The SGSSS DTC has 65 fully-funded ESRC studentships available for (UK and EU) students commencing their postgraduate studies in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Application process

If you wish to apply for a pathway scholarship in Economic and Social History, please initially read the application information on the SGSS DTC website fully, particularly the guidance links below.

If you wish to apply, we strongly encourage you to make contact with Dr Nuala Zahedieh,, in advance of the final deadline, to express initial interest.

Deadlines and notification

Please then complete the initial School pathway-level application form below no later than noon on January 30, 2015. You should submit the signed copy to the Graduate School Office, William Robertson Wing 2.29. Note that if you have not already done so, you must also submit an application for study with us before you can proceed any further with your scholarship application.

Following the deadline, we will review all initial School pathway applications and inform candidates of the outcome on February 2, 2015.

Successful applicants will thereafter be sent a link to the application portal and must register via by February 6, 2015.

After registration, nominated students must fully complete the online application process via the portal by February 20, 2015.

School pathway application form

Useful Links

Contact us

Please address inquiries abouit the application process for these awards to the Graduate School office in the first instance.

If you have an academic enquiry, please contact the Graduate School Director.

  • Graduate School Office - General Enquiries
  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Room 2.29, William Robertson Wing
  • Old Medical School, Teviot Place
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG
  • Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3772
  • Fax: +44 (0) 131 651 3070
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  • Graduate School School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Room 00M.11, William Robertson Wing
  • Old Medical School
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