Graduate School

Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarships

Information on the AHRC application process for 2021-22 entry

The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of ten 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; Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands & Islands, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, Glasgow School of Art and the 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).

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology will consider applications for awards in the subject areas of History, Classics and Archaeology for entry in session 2021-22. 


Please refer to the eligibility and residency criteria available at:

Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities web site

If you have any queries in relation to academic matters or eligibility, in particular your residency status, please contact our Graduate Officers, as below:

Information session

The Dean will be hosting an information session for prospective applicants/current students, about the SGSAH Open Studentship Competition on 9 November, 2020 at 11:30 via Blackboard Collaborate using the link below.

Guest link for information session via Blackboard Collaborate


If you intend to apply for an AHRC Scholarship, please email us in the first instance, to register your interest.

To be considered, you must submit both an application for PhD study and an SGSAH Scholarship Application form.

Applications for PhD study: Your completed PhD study application must be submitted through the University’s online application system by Monday 30 November 2020 in order to ensure that your PhD application is processed in time for consideration within a very tight selection timescale.   You do not need to have an offer of a study place by 30 November, you must simply have submitted your completed study application. Applications are now open.

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 nomination application form for 2021-22, and submit this by email to the Graduate School Office ( by no later than Monday 7th December 2020.

AHRC Nomination Application Form 2021

AHRC Guidance 2021

Further information regarding the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section the SGSAH webite.

Applications which do not meet the deadlines stated above cannot be considered.

Contact us

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

Graduate School Office

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Contact details



Room 2.29, William Robertson Wing
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

Post Code


  • Staff are working remotely at the moment, so please use email or phone in the first instance.