Aberdeen University is pleased to announce AHRC Scholarships to allow outstanding candidates to apply for PhD funding in specific Arts and Humanities subjects for 2018-19 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, Archaeology, 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, History, Law and Legal Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Scottish Literature, Translation Studies and 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.  


To receive a studentship, there are two aspects of eligibility that apply: academic and residential. See 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:  The UK Government confirmed on 21 April 2017 that Research Council studentships (including AHRC studentships awarded through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities) remain open to EU students starting courses in academic year 2018 to 2019, and that the funding support will cover the duration of their course, even if the UK leaves the EU.


In order to be nominated for a scholarship, applicants must hold an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a relevant PhD degree programme.

Application Procedure

In addition to submitting a Postgraduate Study Application, a Scholarship Application form should be completed and submitted to the Postgraduate Research School.


15th of December 2017

Further Info

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


Application Docs

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

Application forms should be returned to the Postgraduate Research School, Room 193, Fraser Noble Building, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3UE or by emailed to:

by Friday 15th December 2017

General queries regarding AHRC scholarships at the University of Aberdeen should be directed to Ann Marie Johnston at


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