Scholarships and Student Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The University of Edinburgh is now part of a consortium of 8 Universities which have 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 this Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards. 

AHRC PhD Studentships 2017

Further details of the DTP can be found here:

Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training

The University of Edinburgh is also part of a separate consortium of Universities across the UK which have been awarded AHRC funding to support a Doctoral Training Centre in the Celtic Languages. This consortium will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the specific field of Celtic Languages.

Further details can be found here:

Celtic and Scottish Studies


  • Candidates will normally hold a relevant First Class Honours degree (such as BA, BMus, BSc or LLB) and preferably a similar calibre of Master’s degree.
  • If you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period pr ot eligible to apply for an AHRC studentship.

To be considered for an AHRC award, please apply for admission to the University via the relevant School of study. Subject areas will have their own application deadlines. PhD students within the eligible subject areas who are currently in their first year of study are eligible to apply.

For further details on admission procedures and eligible subject areas for AHRC funding, please refer to the relevant School of study.


Please use the following template to prepare your application in advance of the SGSAH portal opening.


Criteria and guidance for the 2017 competition from SGSAH can be found below:

2017 SGSAH Criteria (647.51 KB PDF)


View the AHRC Scholarship Session presentation slides from the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and find out more about the opportunity to apply for AHRC PhD funding. The talk focused on the application process for the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities’ Arts & Humanities Research Council competition and demonstrated how applications are scored by panellists, suggesting how applicants might maximise their scores.


If you need additional guidance on how to prepare your application, please contact your relevant School for information in relation to applying for this award.


Applicants will be notified by 1 February 2017 if they have been selected to go forward to the AHRC selection panels.

Further Information

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Postgraduate Office
  • University of Edinburgh

58 George Square