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Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities AHRC-funded PhD Studentship Competition 2019

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities is Scotland’s consortium for AHRC postgraduate funding.

Students who want to apply for SGSAH funding for the PhD must first have an application for PhD study accepted by one of the Scottish universities, and must then be selected as one of the applicants that university wishes to support. Applicants will normally hold a Masters qualification at the commencement of their doctoral study.

The deadline for SGSAH submission is in February.

Anyone who wants to be considered for selection must complete an application to the University of St Andrews through the on-line application system and email a draft SGSAH application form to our Director of Postgraduate Studies by noon on 18 December 2018. (The SGSAH application form can be downloaded here: )We strongly encourage earlier applications. Candidates who contact potential supervisors or the Director of Postgraduate Studies in November or before will be at an advantage because we will have more time to help refine your SGSAH application form.

The SGSAH particularly values applications where there is a close fit between the PhD proposal and the research interests of the sponsoring department, so it’s worth thinking carefully about that at an early stage (for example we would be particularly keen to support application linked with our cluster of research expertise in classical Athenian literature and culture, or with one of our three centres—the Centre for the Literatures of the Roman Empire, the Centre for Landscape Studies and the Centre for Late Antique Studies—or else with any other area of individual staff expertise).

The SGSAH panel also particularly values applications where there is carefully thought out joint supervision between two Scottish institutions, and we are keen to explore opportunities for that kind of arrangement too.

Studentships are available for full-time and part-time study. Students who have completed their first year of doctoral study, or part-time equivalent, are eligible to apply for a studentship for the remainder of their registered period of study i.e. up to the end of their 3rd year.

In line with AHRC regulations, in order to be eligible for a studentship, a student must also meet certain conditions relating to residence. Full awards covering both fees and maintenance are restricted to applicants who are 'ordinarily resident' in the UK. There are also fees-only awards open to applicants who are 'ordinarily resident' in other EU countries. More details concerning eligibility.

Full information on the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities, and the application process for studentships, can be found at

If you have any questions, or if you would like to explore even tentatively the possibility of making an application, please do get in touch!

The next Postgraduate Visiting Day is on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

St Andrews is one of the top 50 universities in the world for research and teaching in the Arts and Humanities and among the top 20 for International Outlook, according to the Times Higher World University Rankings 2014/15

St Andrews ranked 2nd equal for research excellence among UK Classics departments in REF 2014.

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