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 PhD Studentships 2020

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.


  • 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.
  • You must meet AHRC residency eligibility. If you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period preceding the start-date of your proposed postgraduate programme, you may be eligible to apply for a full award, which pays your tuition fees and a maintenance grant. If you are from a European Union country, other than the UK, and you have been resident in an EU country for a period of three years preceding the start of your proposed study, you may be eligible for a fees-only award, which pays your tuition fees, but does not provide a maintenance grant.
  • If you are not a resident of the UK or another EU country, you are ineligible to apply for an AHRC studentship.


Step 1 Apply for a PhD programme at the University of Edinburgh. Full details on eligible programmes, admissions procedures and deadlines can be found on the relevant School webpage below. 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. We will notify you of our decision by email by the end of January 2020.

Step 4 Nominated applicants submit the full SGSAH application form to the SGSAH online portal by mid-February. Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSAH by the end of April 2020 and they will notify applicants by email.

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


The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities are holding online information sessions for applicants on the following dates:

6th November 2019 – 3-4pm

18th November 2019 - 11.30-12.30pm

5th December 2019 – 2pm-3pm

9th January 2019 – 10.30am-11.30am