Scholarships and Student Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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


Applications for funding in the 2022/23 academic year are now closed.

AHRC PhD Studentships 2023/24


Online Information sessions for 2023/24 entry

The College Postgraduate Research Student Office is holding online information sessions about AHRC PhD funding, offered by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, for the 2023/24 academic year.

This is an opportunity to hear about the funding on offer, how to apply to the University for a funding nomination, what information is required in the funding application and an opportunity to ask us questions.

The session is repeated over the summer, so please join us for the session date which suits you best.


An introduction to SGSAH funding

Tues 26th July 2022, 10 am – 11 am (UK time)                   


An introduction to SGSAH funding (repeat session)

Tues 22nd August 2022, 10 am – 11 am (UK time)             


An introduction to SGSAH funding (repeat session)

Thursday 22nd September, 10 am – 11 am (UK time)         


For 2023/24 entry, University PhD and funding application deadlines are likely to be from November to early December 2022.  This page provides general information about AHRC funding for the 2023/24 academic year and guidance will be updated from early November 2022 with details about the application process and exact deadlines for 2023/24 entry.


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.

Further details of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities can be found here.


The award will cover the PhD tuition fee and a stipend at the UKRI level for 3.5 years.


  • Candidates will normally hold a relevant First Class Honours degree (such as BA, BMus, BSc or LLB) and preferably a similar calibre of Master’s degree.
  • PhD students within the eligible subject areas who are currently in their first year of study are eligible to apply.
  • Awards are available to Home fee applicants and limited awards available for International applicants. Please check the full UKRI eligibility criteria here.
  • To qualify for Home status an applicant must:
    • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
    • Have settled status, or
    • Have pre-settled status AND meet residency requirement (3 years residency in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland immediately before the start of the PhD.) or
    • Have indefinite leave to enter or remain



Step 1 Apply for a PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh for 2023/24.  From November 2022, full details on eligible programmes, admissions procedures and deadlines can be found on the relevant School web pages. If you are currently at first year PhD student at the University, please see Step 2.

Step 2 Complete the SGSAH studentship application form and return it to the School by the relevant deadline.

Step 3 The University will select and nominate applicants to go forward to the next stage of the competition.

Step 4 Nominated applicants submit the full SGSAH application form to the online SGSAH portal by early February. SGSAH release the final funding decisions at the end of April.


School of Divinity

Edinburgh College of Art

School of GeoSciences

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

School of Law

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Further Information

Postgraduate Research Student Office