SGSAH (AHRC) funding - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
PhD studentships funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH).
The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of eight Scottish Universities and two specialist Scottish institutions awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.
The award on offer is a fully-funded PhD with stipend, a robust three-and-a-half year training programme, and access to Scotland's resources through SGSAH’s strong links and national networks with our supporter organisations in the education, creative, cultural and heritage sectors.
The application window for prospective PhD students who plan to begin their studies in September 2024 has now closed. If you have applied, you will be notified by the end of December 2023 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 early February 2024. Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSAH by the end of April 2024 and successful applicants can expect to hear the outcome in May 2024.
The application window for 2025 entry is likely to open in late September 2024 and close in mid November 2024. The rest of the information on this page is for reference only - the process may be different for 2025 entry.
PhD programmes in Literatures, Languages and Cultures
The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is delighted to consider applications from highly qualified candidates for SGSAH doctoral studentship awards in all our subjects.
Funding applications should be for projects within the AHRC disciplines. While all our PhD programmes are open to proposals on any relevant topic, we particularly encourage proposals that fall within these broad research themes:
- Literature, film, media and performance
- Politics and governance
- Modern society and ethnography
- Religion, intellectual history and pre-modern culture
- Transnational and colonial history
Celtic and Scottish Studies
- Scottish Gaelic literature, history and culture
- Linguistics and sociolinguistics of Celtic languages
- Gaelic and Scots diasporas
- Celtic languages, literatures and cultures of the Middle Ages
- All aspects of Scottish ethnology
- Traditional music and song, especially Scots and Gaelic
- Scottish folklore
- Environmental humanities
- Scottish literary studies
- Transatlantic/US literary studies
- Digital Humanities, including textual editing and archival studies
- Postcolonial and Global Literatures
European Languages and Cultures
- Comparative Literature
- Memory Studies
- Literature, Film and Visual Culture
- Screen Aesthetics
- Film Theory
- Film History
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
- Classical and modern Arabic and Persian literature
- History and historiography of early Islam and the Ottoman Empire, of the modern Arab world, especially Egypt, and its ethnic and religious minorities
- Classical Islamic texts (Qur’an and tafsir, hadith, the biography of Muhammad)
- Cultural, media, film and gender studies of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa
- Shi’ism, intra-Muslim relaions, Islamism, social movements and Sufism
- Muslims in Europe
- Translation and gender
- Audiovisual translation
- Translation and religion
- Translation and music
- Translation, postcolonialism and race
- Literary translation
Translation and trauma (including gender-based violence)
Translation and emotions
Translation and health
Translation and history
Eligibility for funding
These studentships have residency requirements set by UK Research Innovation (UKRI). Eligibility extends to PhD researchers from around the world (UK, the EU and International). All funded PhD students, whether UK or International will be eligible for a full award covering fees and a stipend to support living costs.
Application process and deadlines
You must complete the University of Edinburgh online application for the PhD programme you wish to study by Monday 6 November 2023. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. This will include your Unique User Name (UUN).
You must then complete the SGSAH nomination application form and return it, by email, to the LLC Postgraduate Research Office by Monday 13 November 2023. The SGSAH DTP nomination application form is now available to download from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities website. Please follow the instructions and use the guidelines provided.
PLEASE NOTE: BOTH STEPS 1 AND 2 MUST BE COMPLETED FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE COMPLETE AND CONSIDERED. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ALLOW YOURSELF TIME BEFORE THE DEADLINES PROVIDED ABOVE.
You will be notified by the end of December 2023 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 early February 2024.
Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSAH by the end of April 2024.