The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of ten 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 2 December 2019
Eligibility: For research interests aligning with, or cutting across, ECA's Schools.

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Studentship application deadline - 12.00pm noon on Monday 2 December 2019

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?

Candidates will normally hold a relevant First Class Honours degree (such as BA, BMus, BSc or LLB) and preferably a similar calibre of Master’s degree.

PhD students within the eligible subject areas who are currently in their first year of study are eligible to apply.

You must meet AHRC residency eligibility. If you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period preceding the start-date of your proposed postgraduate programme, you may be eligible to apply for a full award, which pays your tuition fees and a maintenance grant. If you are from a European Union country, other than the UK, and you have been resident in an EU country for a period of three years preceding the start of your proposed study, you may be eligible for a fees-only award, which pays your tuition fees, but does not provide a maintenance grant.

If you are not a resident of the UK or another EU country, you are ineligible to apply for an AHRC studentship.

For further information on eligibility can be found on How to Apply section on the SGSAH website. 

"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 Research Team (ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk) by Monday 18 November 2019. 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 25 November 2019. 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 Research Team 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 Research Team (ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk) by no later than 12.00pm noon on Monday 2 December 2019. Applications received after this will not be considered. 

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 and Nominating Member of Staff details are not required at this stage.

Stage 4

The ECA Selection Panel will meet in mid December 2019 to select applications to go forward to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS) for nomination to the SGSAH.

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 document (see link above).

Applicants will be notified by January 2020 if they have been selected to go forward to the SGSAH AHRC studentship selection panels.

Stage 5

If selected by ECA and 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 for Nominated Applicants, a copy of your conditional/unconditional PhD offer and the transcript(s) of your previous qualifications. The SGSAH Portal will be open from 3 February to 12 noon GMT on 14 February 2020.

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 2020.

Any questions?

Please contact the ECA Postgraduate Research Team – ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk – if you have any questions about the application process.

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

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities are holding online information sessions for applicants on 6th November 2019 – 3-4pm and 18th November 2019 - 11.30-12.30pm.

The University of Edinburgh is holding an information session for applicants on 6th November 2019 - 10-11am, booking available here.