The University of Edinburgh 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 doctoral studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

Value: Stipend of around £15,000 p/a & fees (fees only for EU students)
Deadline: 12 noon on 3 December 2018
Eligibility: For research interests aligning with, or cutting across, ECA's Schools.

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Studentship application deadline - 12.00pm noon on Monday 3 December 2018

The studentships are being awarded as part of the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, which forms part of the wider Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH).

Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands & Islands, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects. As a partnership we welcome proposals supervised across our membership.

Postgraduate research candidates applying for admission to Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) may be eligible for a studentship from the AHRC. ECA has a vibrant research community reflecting the diverse expertise of its members and the disciplines it brings together. It encourages applications from applicants who have a research interest aligning with, or cutting across, ECA's Schools:

  • Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Art
  • Design
  • History of Art
  • Music

Are you eligible?

Successful candidates will typically hold a relevant First Class Honours degree (such as BA, BMus, BSc) and/or a Masters degree with Distinction, or non-UK equivalent. Relevant professional experience may also be considered in place of academic qualifications.

To be eligible for a full award which pays tuition fees and a maintenance grant, a student must have settled status in the UK (meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay) and been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (meaning they must have been normally residing in the UK) and not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education

Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award which pays tuition fees but does not provide a maintenance grant. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU.

If you are resident neither in the UK nor in another EU country, you are not eligible to apply for an AHRC studentship.

Edinburgh College of Art has a vibrant research community reflecting the diverse expertise of its members and the disciplines it brings together. It encourages applications from applicants who have a research interest aligning with, or cutting across, ECA's Schools.

The application process

Stage 1

Applicants are encouraged to register interest for the AHRC DTP studentship with the ECA Postgraduate Office ( by Monday 19 November 2018. This will allow us to track the progress of your PhD application alongside your AHRC DTP studentship application and ensure these are processed in time for consideration within the tight selection timescale.

Stage 2

To apply for the AHRC DTP Studentship, you must first apply for admission for an eligible PhD programme of study at ECA.  You must make your PhD programme application through the EUCLID online application system to the University in full by Monday 26 November 2018. Please ensure that all supporting documentation (eg research proposal, references, transcripts etc) are uploaded with your application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

AHRC DTP studentship applications that do not have a matching PhD programme application will not be considered.  Please note you do not need a PhD offer before applying for the AHRC DTP Studentship but you must have made a PhD application.

If you’d like to discuss your application with potential supervisors, or have any enquiries you wish to discuss with the Postgraduate Office or the School Postgraduate Research Directors, please do so as soon as possible before the deadlines.

Stage 3

Applicants must then complete and submit the AHRC studentship application form by email to the ECA Postgraduate Office ( by no later than 12.00pm on Monday 3 December 2018. Applications received after this will not be considered. 

The AHRC DTP studentship application form can be downloaded from the SGSAH website 

Please refer to the AHRC DTP studentship application guidance and complete each section of the application form as instructed. AHRC DTP Studentship application form and full guidance are attached here:

Please note that the Institutional Statement of Support and Nominating Member of Staff details are not required at this stage.

Stage 4

The ECA Selection Panel will meet in mid December 2018 to select applications to go forward to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS) for approval to submit to the SGSAH for consideration.

The SGSAH marking criteria for AHRC DTP Studentships will be used by the ECA Selection Panel. The Panel will rank the applications in relation to the criteria outlined in the AHRC DTP guidance on the SGSAH website

Applicants will be notified by 1 February 2019 if they have been selected to go forward to the SGSAH AHRC studentship selection panels.

Stage 5

If selected by ECA and approved by CAHSS, you and your potential PhD supervisor will be requested to develop the AHRC studentship application form and draft the Institutional Statement of Support. The AHRC studentship application must be submitted as an online version through the SGSAH Portal, along with 3 PDF documents - the Institutional Statement of Support, a copy of your conditional/unconditional PhD offer and the transcript(s) of your previous qualifications. The SGSAH Portal will be open from 1 February to 13 February 2019.

The SGSAH Panels will then consider the applications as per the review process outlined on their website. Final results will be announced by the SGSAH by early April 2019.

Any questions?

Please contact the ECA Postgraduate Office – – if you have any questions about the application process.

If you have an academic enquiry please contact the School Postgraduate Research (PGR) Director for the programme you wish to apply for: