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.


AHRC/SGSAH PhD Studentships 2024/25

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.

Award 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 PhD 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


Applications for this funding is now closed for 2024 entry.

Step 1: Apply for a PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh. Each School will have an individual deadline for this funding so please check the School web pages below.

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

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

Step 4: Nominated applicant submits the full SGSAH funding application form to the online SGSAH portal in early February 2024. 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 Literatures, Languages and Cultures

School of Social and Political Sciences (only where the PhD project relates to an AHRC subject area)

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Online Information Session

The Dean of Postgraduate Research will be hosting an online information session for prospective SGSAH applicants at 10am-11am BST 18th October 2023. No registration needed and please click on this link to join the session

Further Information

For any further queries, please contact us

Postgraduate Research Student Office