Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Information about eligibility and the application process

The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of ten Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the AHRC to support postgraduate 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, Glasgow, Edinburgh, University of 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).

Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities


Applicants must be students from the UK or EU countries and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the AHRC. Research topics should be based in the subject areas of Philosophy or Linguistics & English Language. These awards are available for PhD candidates only.

Please note that due to funding restrictions from the source, EU applicants will be eligible for tuition fee funding only.


Application process

  1. Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the School as soon as possible to register their interest in this funding opportunity as this will allow the School to track the progress of your application. Please email the School Postgraduate Office to register interest. It is also useful for applicants to contact potential supervisors early in the process to assist in the application process.
  2. Applicants must complete the University of Edinburgh application form for the relevant PhD programme. Once this application has been submitted, applicants will receive email confirmation from the system including their User Name (UUN). PhD application deadline: 25th November 2019
  1. Applicants must complete an additional application form available on the Scottish Graduate School website and submit via email to the PPLS Postgraduate Office by Monday 2nd December.

Further guidance regarding the application process and consideration by the Scottish Graduate School can be found on the College of Arts Humanities and Social Science webpage.


PhD Application: Monday 25 November 2019

SGSAH Application: Monday 2 December 2019

Please note: you must complete both steps by the specified deadlines in order to be considered for this funding opportunity.

You will be notified by mid-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.

Postgraduate Office

  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



The Postgraduate team are currently working remotely and so are not available via the office telephone. If you would like to talk to a member of the team, please email us and we will respond as quickly as possible.