We fund students from the UK or EU with evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study. Our students will have a compelling project that benefits from the expertise we can offer in and across a range of subjects and from our rich archival resources and network of professional partners.

Residence requirements

For purposes of residence requirements, the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

There are residence requirements for research council funding for postgraduate research. These are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). For further information regarding residence requirements, please see the regulations. These include further information, for example about refugees, migrant workers, residence for education and EEA nationals.

To be eligible for a fees only award:

Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.

The SWW DTP2 consortium may provide EU students awarded a studentship for September 2019 entry with a maintenance stipend to the level of that offered by the AHRC to UK students.

Academic Eligibility

A student should have gained an undergraduate degree (usually an Honours degree, such as a BA, BMus, BSc, LLB or equivalent) from a recognised university, or be an undergraduate expecting to graduate prior to the studentship being taken up.

If the student subsequently fails to gain an undergraduate degree, they are not entitled to receive AHRC studentship funding. Students without an undergraduate degree may be considered for an AHRC studentship only if they are able to demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study. In addition, those applying for a doctoral studentship should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification.

Where a student is studying for a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification, they should have met all the course requirements prior to the start date of their AHRC doctoral studentship.

If a student does not have experience of formal postgraduate study, they may be eligible for a studentship only if they can demonstrate evidence of sustained experience beyond undergraduate degree level that is specifically relevant to their proposed research topic, and could be considered equivalent to Master’s study.

The DTP must receive evidence as to how the training and development the student has received is equivalent to that obtained through a Master’s course and, therefore, prepares them to continue to doctoral study.

Other eligibility criteria

Students in full-time employment are not eligible for a stipend of any kind from the Research Councils. If a student is employed full-time, they are considered to have the necessary financial support in place to undertake their studies.

A student in part-time employment may be eligible for a part-time award. Part-time awards should not be less than 50% of full time. Students who have already commenced doctoral study are eligible to apply for AHRC funding, provided that, at the start of the AHRC award, they will have at least 50% of their period of study remaining (excluding the ‘writing up’ period).

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