Postgraduate study

AHRC funding - School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Postgraduate studentships funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) .

The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of 10 Universities awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is 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 and offers PhD studentships each year.

What's available in literatures, languages and cultures?

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is delighted to consider applications for AHRC doctoral studentship awards in the following areas:

Creative Writing

Find out more about our PhD in Creative Writing

Comparative Literature

Find out more about our PhD in Comparative Literature

English Literature

Find out more about our PhD in English Literature 

Film History, Theory and Criticism

Find out more about our PhD in Film Studies

Translation Studies

Find out more about our PhD in Translation Studies

European Theatre, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Italian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Russian Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Medieval Studies 

Find out more about our PhDs in European Languages and Cultures

Find out more about our PhDs in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Asiatic and Oriental Studies

Find out more about our PhDs in Asian Studies

Celtic & Scottish Studies

Find out more about our PhD in Celtic and Scottish Studies

Eligibility for funding

These studentships have residency requirements set by UK Research Innovation (UKRI). These are explained on the SGSAH website.

Find out all about residential eligibility criteria on the SGSAH website 

Application process and deadlines

  1. If you are eligible, you are encouraged to make contact with the School as soon as possible to register your interest in this funding opportunity. This will enable us to track the progress of your application. Please email the LLC Postgraduate Office to register interest. You can also contact potential supervisors early in the process to assist in the application process, if you wish.
  2. You must complete the University of Edinburgh online application for the PhD programme you wish to study by Monday 16th December 2019. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive email confirmation from the system. This will include a User Name (UUN). 
  3. You must then complete the AHRC nomination application form and return it, by email, to the LLC Postgraduate Office by Monday 16th December 2019. The AHRC DTP nomination application form will be available to download from the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanitieswebsite.  Please follow the instructions and use the guidelines provided. 


You will be notified by the end of January 2020 if you have been nominated by the University to go forward to the next round of the funding competition. If you are nominated by the University, you will be asked to submit the SGSAH studentship application via the SGSAH application portal by mid-February 2020.

Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSAH by the end of April 2020.

Please direct any enquiries about this award to:

LLC Postgraduate Admissions

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