Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

With an annual budget of £100 million, the AHRC funds research on a very wide range of subjects, from traditional humanities such as history, English, linguistics, French and other modern languages, philosophy and classics, area and interdisciplinary studies to creative and performing arts such as drama, dance, music, art and design.

Research into these subjects helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda. The research we fund can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills, technological evolution and the quality of life of the nation.

Established in April 2005, the AHRC evolved from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, which was founded in 1998. Students interested in funding from the AHRC should select the relevant course type from the list below. 

AHRC DTP Studentships

The University of St Andrews is a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities and through the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership collaborates with seven leading Scottish universities to offer world-class doctoral training. 

The 2017 competition for AHRC-funded studentships will formally open on 10 October 2016.

Successful applicants will benefit from:

Fees and stipend at RCUK rates - £14,296 in 2016.

Significant extra time and/or funding to shape their doctoral training to meet their individual needs.

Personal and professional development programme which focuses on complementing and adding value to the training already on offer at the University.

AHRC-funded students will have access to the rich resources available in all Scottish HEIs as well as unique training opportunities developed in partnership with SGSAH’s prestigious and internationally-renowned supporter organisations. These include the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, BBC Scotland, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh International Book and Film Festivals, the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and a diverse range of local and regional arts, culture and heritage organisations.

They have committed to support students in a variety of ways including exclusive access to training events, mentoring, talks, visits and funded placements and internships. 2015 saw the launch of SGSAH’s new Internship programme, which includes an Artist-in-Residence element: students continue to receive stipends and can have their funded period extended to accommodate placements or residencies funded through the programme.

Applicants must have been accepted to study a PhD at one of the Doctoral Training Partnership members, which are Glasgow School of Art and the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Strathclyde and Stirling, and must be nominated for an award by their HEI. SGSAH encourages and welcomes cross-institutional supervisory teams. Residency eligibility criteria apply. Full details and the application form are available on the SGSAH website.

How to apply

The scholarships and funding searchable catalogue is now available, where you can search and apply for different types of funding. All applicants will receive an email with information on how to access the scholarships and funding portal after their fee status has been determined. All current students can access the Scholarships and Funding portal via their iSaint account.

Following an internal selection process the top candidates will be asked to submit their application to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (online via the website) where a cross university governance committee will make the final selection based on merit. Students must have applicant status with the University at this stage and meet the eligibility criteria.

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities advise all students read the guidance for applying.

AHRC students funded at the University of St Andrews

All funding and reporting is via the University and students will be requested to provide project details for the AHRC annual submission via the student data portal (SDP) in October of the first year. Additional information may be requested at any time and any changes in status or the project should be forwarded to the finance advice and support office on

Any issues with fees and funding should be reported to in the first instance.

Current award holder should refer to the AHRC Training Grant Funding Guide for full details on RTSG claims, fieldwork expenses, maternity cover and any other LOA’s or extensions likely to affect funding or submission dates. Requests for these should be emailed to Registry and the financial advice and support adviser on

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the University as soon as possible of any interruption to study and return to study thereafter. A request can be made using the AHRC internal suspension request form (Word, 65 KB) to put an award into abeyance/suspension/maternity/adoption leave. Please refer to the AHRC terms and conditions regarding funding and interruptions.

If a student is prevented by sudden illness or accident from following their studies for a period of more than two weeks, they should inform Registry immediately and provide them with a medical certificate, even if a formal leave is not requested.

Students are reminded that they must comply with both the AHRC and the University of St Andrews terms and conditions whilst registered.

Cohort Development Funding

The Cohort Development Fund scheme allows the SGSAH Panels to support training initiatives directed towards supporting the disciplinary & interdisciplinary training needs of doctoral researchers in the Arts & Humanities. For more information on this, please visit the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities website

Applicants or current AHRC funded students can contact the finance advice and support office on for any additional information.