Postgraduate Students

Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarships

Information on the AHRC application process for 2023-24 entry

Applications for the academic year 2023/4 are now closed.

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).


Please refer to the eligibility and residency criteria available on the page linked below:

Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities webpage

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 latest information session about the AHRC PhD funding , offered by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, took place on 19th October 2022.  You can access the recording through the link below.

Guest link for the information session recording


To be considered, you must complete the following three steps:

Step One

Please use the following form to register your interest with the HCA Postgraduate Research Office if you are intending on applying for an AHRC Scholarship.

Expression of interest form

Step Two

Applications for PhD study:

Your completed PhD study application must be submitted through the University’s online application system by Monday 28 November 2022, 23:59 UK time, 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 28th November, you must simply have submitted your completed study application. Please note that the funding applications have their own separate timelines and rules for both the study and the scholarship applications which differ from the deadlines generated automatically by the application portal when submitting your study application. This means that all your supporting documentation (research proposal of around 1,000 words, academic references, copies of qualifications/transcripts) must, where available, also be uploaded. Please liaise closely with your referee to ensure they supply the required reference within five working days of your submission.

Please note that you are required to submit both your undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and transcripts in order to be considered for PhD admission. For instructions on how to upload additional documents after you have submitted your application please follow the support guidance available here.

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the scholarships panel.

If a degree result or test of English competency is pending we can consider your application and, where appropriate, make you an offer conditional upon supplying these at a later date.

Explore our range of PhD programmes and apply online

Step Three

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 2023-24, and submit this by email to the Postgraduate Research Office ( by no later than Wednesday 7th December 2022, 23:59 UK time.

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 'Nominating Member of Staff' section of your AHRC application, please provide the name of the Graduate Officer of the PhD programme you apply for.

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.

Email the Postgraduate Research Office

Contact us

Please address inquiries about the application process for these awards to the Postgraduate Research Office via email in the first instance.