Funding and Training Opportunities
We do not fund students directly, instead our post-graduate funding is provided to universities and they select and administer individual student awards, therefore prospective students should contact the institution at which they wish to study to enquire about the funding available.
The AHRC offer a variety of funding and training opportunities, of which information is available within this page. However, Research Organisations (RO's) should familiarise themselves with the terms and conditions of the available awards. The AHRC have assembled all necessary information on Training Grants and Training Grant Funding within three important guides. Please click here or on the heading to view these.
DTPs are block grant awards made to either individual Research Organisations (ROs), or consortia of ROs, to support postgraduate studentships across the breadth of the AHRC’s subject remit. DTPs provide innovative training environments for doctoral level research, with the opportunity for PhD students to undertake broader training or development opportunities. Individual awards to students in this scheme are administered and made directly by Research Organisation, please contact the RO in the first instance.
CDT awards are block grants made to consortia of Research Organisations (ROs), to complement the Doctoral Training Partnerships and provide further capacity for postgraduate funding in priority areas: Design, Modern Languages and Heritage. Individual awards to students in this scheme are administered and made directly by Research Organisation, please contact the RO in the first instance.
BGPs were made to Research Organisations to support five cohorts of students between 2009 and 2013. Postgraduate studentships were supported in specific subject areas and schemes (Doctoral, Research Preparation Masters and Professional Preparation Masters).
The BGP: CB scheme was open to all Research Organisations that did not receive a BGP award. Awards were made for postgraduate studentships in specific subject areas and schemes (Doctoral, Research Preparation Masters and Professional Preparation Masters).
Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships support larger non-academic organisations, or consortia, to manage the selection of three annual cohorts of collaborative doctoral studentship projects. This provides opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment. Individual awards to students in this scheme are administered and made directly by award holding Research Organisations, please contact the RO in the first instance.
The AHRC’s Collaborative Skills Development call is aimed at supporting the development of innovative, collaborative training packages for PhD students and early career researchers in the arts and humanities.
This scheme supports and encourages the placement of UK postgraduate students and early career researchers on short-term fellowships at specific overseas research institutions. Individual awards to students in this scheme are administered and made directly by Research Organisation, please contact the RO in the first instance.
KE Hubs connect excellent research in the arts and humanities with a range of creative and cultural organisations to generate new and exciting Knowledge Exchange opportunities. A number of the Hubs offer PhD studentships. Individual awards to students in this scheme are administered and made directly by Research Organisation, please contact the RO in the first instance.
The scheme provides an opportunity for 2 AHRC funded postgraduate students to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to assist in producing objective briefing materials for MPs and Peers.
NERC, in collaboration with the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), organise internship placements for current NERC, BBSRC and AHRC funded PhD students to work in one of eight host organisations on a policy topic relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce a briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event.
AHRC Project Studentships
AHRC closed the Project Studentships option within its responsive mode research grants route in 2013. AHRC only supports project-based studentships in strategic and priority areas where there is demonstrable need for capacity building.
Project studentships may be available through targeted calls where there is a case for developing capability in a specific area. In such cases, the funding call will require applicants to specify the training environment to be provided by the Research Organisation(s) and plans for providing appropriate specialist training and development for the students concerned. In addition, where this will enhance the provision, the AHRC will consider allowing these studentships to have ‘open eligibility’; that is, to permit applications from international students as well as UK and EU nationals.