School of Divinity

AHRC funding 2019-20

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) provides funding to support postgraduate doctoral studentships and training in Scotland through a consortium of Scottish universities

The consortium - comprising the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - 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 (SGSAH).

Well-qualified UK and EU students in certain disciplines may apply for the Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarships under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme.  See further information on DTPs on the AHRC website.

The School of Divinity will consider applications for awards in the subject areas of Religious Studies and Theology.


Please refer to the eligibility and residency criteria available on the SGSAH website. You must be:

  • either an existing PhD student of the School of Divinity no more than half-way through your 3-year full-time or 6 year part-time PhD programme as of 30 September 2019
  • or have accepted a conditional offer of a PhD place in the School with effect from September 2019.


Applications for PhD study must be made via the University of Edinburgh online application system. Applications for 2019-20 are now open. 

You must submit your PhD application by Monday 19 November 2018 in order to ensure that your application is processed in time for consideration within a very tight selection timescale.

If you intend to apply, please let us know in advance, preferably before Wednesday 14 November, by emailing


Applications for AHRC scholarship: You may apply for the AHRC scholarship before receiving a decision on your application for a PhD place, but if you do not receive an offer of a place, your application cannot proceed.

Eligible candidates should complete the SGSAH Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship application form for 2019-20:




Applicants must submit their AHRC studentship application form by email to the School of Divinity ( by no later than Friday 30 November 2018.

Information session: 11 October 2018

The SGSAH has organised an information session on Thursday 11 October from 11am to 12.30 pm in the Outreach Centre, Room B.1, 9c Holyrood Road (no need to register in advance).  Briefing sessions will also be organised by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) in due course.

Contact us

Please address enquiries about the application process for these awards to