AHRC - Research Council Awards


Aberdeen University is pleased to announce AHRC Scholarships to allow outstanding candidates to apply for PhD funding in specific Arts and Humanities subjects for 2017-18 entry.


The University of Aberdeen is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects. The University provides a stimulating and supportive environment for its PhD students in the following subject areas:

Art History
Creative Writing
Communication Studies
Cultural and Museum Studies
Divinity and Theology
English Language and Linguistics
English Literature
Film Studies
French Studies
German Studies
Hispanic Studies
Law and Legal Studies
Religious Studies
Scandinavian Studies
Scottish Literature
Translation Studies
Visual Culture

As members of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), students will also have access to unique training opportunities including access to training events, mentoring, talks, visits and funded placements /internships.
This complements and adds value to the rich resources and researcher development strategy underpinning Aberdeen’s commitment to your personal and professional growth.

Why Aberdeen?

With postgraduates making up almost half of all our students in the College of Arts & Social Sciences - the largest of the University’s 3 Colleges - postgraduate education in the Arts & Humanities is central to the University's mission. We aim to enable research students to take control of their future and achieve their potential. In this way, you will be part of a thriving community of postgraduate research students producing world class research. AHRC studentships are also available in Archaeology.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework Excellence 76% of the University’s research was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Our main research aims are:

Engaged: responsive to societal needs and in dialogue with policy makers

Interdisciplinary: being informed by all our understandings

Outward facing: created in partnership with the city and shire; national and global networks

International: addressing global challenges and speaks on an international stage

Transformative: seeking high levels of Impact throughout national and global society

While research across the College is conducted by single authors as well as in teams, and is organised into five disciplinary schools to ensure the delivery of strong tuition, the research environment is intentionally a diverse and liberal ecosystem, in which curiosity and innovation and valued and supported.


To receive a studentship, there are two aspects of eligibility: academic and residential.
Eligibility criteria apply. See http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/dtp/eligibilitycriteria/ for more information

Normally only those students who have been resident in the UK, for purposes other than education, for the preceding three years are eligible for a full award. For some awards candidates who are nationals of a member state of the EU and are resident in the UK may be eligible for fees only awards.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As things currently stand, EU students are eligible to apply for fees-only support for an award beginning in October 2017. At the time of writing (late September 2016) the RCUK’s formal position is that ‘Future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.’ We will publish any additional information as soon as we receive it.


In order to be nominated for a scholarship, applicants must hold an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a College of Arts & Social Sciences PhD degree programme.
AHRC studentships fully cover your tuition fees, while you also receive a cost of living grant.
This stipend is worth at least £14,057 in 2016/17.

Application Procedure

In addition to submitting a Postgraduate Study Application, a Scholarship Application form should be completed and submitted to the College of Arts & Social Sciences.


5th of January 2017

Further Info

Further information on the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) can be found on the SGSAH website.

Find out more information about research and admission procedures

Application Docs

You will need to submit a Postgraduate Study Application and a Scholarship Application. Applicants are strongly advised to read the Guidance Note for Applicants before completing a Scholarship application.

Application forms should be returned to the Graduate School, Room 193, Fraser Noble Building, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3UE or by email to: cass-graduateschool@abdn.ac.uk

by Thursday 5th January 2017

General queries regarding AHRC scholarships at the University of Aberdeen should be directed to Ann Marie Johnston at a.m.johnston@abdn.ac.uk.


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