Graduate School

Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarships

Information on the AHRC application process for 2019-20 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 the 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 2019-20. 


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:

History: Professor Steve Boardman, ; +44 (0)131 650 4035

Classics: Dr Ben Russell, Dr Ben Russell ; +44 (0)131 650 3472

Archaeology: Dr Kath McSweeney, +44 (0)131 650 2373

Online Question & Answers sessions

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities is hosting a series of online Q & A sessions for any questions related to the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship and the competition process. This is an ideal place to have your questions answered by SGSAH staff at these convenient drop-in online sessions. These will be held on:

Nov 1st | 3-4pm

Nov 14th | 2-3pm

Dec 4th | 11am-12noon

Jan 8th | 11am-12noon

The Q & A will be hosted on the Adobe Connect platform. All you need is your web browser to take part. Head over to and sign in as a guest. You'll be loaded into the SGSAH Q & A space where you can ask our staff any questions you may have about the content of the studentship or the application itself.



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 26 November 2018 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 26 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 2019-20, and submit this by email to the Graduate School Office ( by no later than Monday 3rd December 2018.

AHRC nomination application form

AHRC Guidance 2019


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

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Old Medical School,
Teviot Place, Edinburgh

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