Postgraduate Funding and Training
We do not fund students directly, instead our postgraduate funding is provided to universities and they select and administer individual student awards. Prospective students should contact the institution at which they wish to study to enquire about the funding available.
On this page, you can find general information about AHRC’s support for postgraduate training, and the terms and conditions for award-holders.
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 the 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 the Research Organisation, please contact the RO in the first instance.
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.
This scheme supports and encourages the placement of UK postgraduate students and early career researchers on short-term fellowships at specific internationally renowned host institutions. Individual awards to students in this scheme are administered and made directly by Research Organisation, please speak with your supervisor and research administrator to let them know you are interested in applying.
Please visit the 2018 call page in the current opportunities page for more details.
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This scheme gives Research Council-funded students the opportunity of a three-month placement with a specific policy organisation. Interns will learn about how research informs policy, by producing a briefing paper, participating in a policy inquiry, and/or organising a policy event.
For details of current participating organisations, and all other application enquiries, please the scheme webpage.
Knowledge Exchange Hubs
KE Hubs connected 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 supported PhD studentships.
Block Grant Partnerships
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).
Block Grant Partnerships - Capacity Building
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).
AHRC and POST Fellowships Scheme
The scheme provided an opportunity for AHRC-funded students to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to assist in producing objective briefing materials for MPs and Peers. For any AHRC-funded student interested in a placement at POST, POST are now a partner organisation in the Policy Internships scheme.
Collaborative Skills Development Scheme
The AHRC’s Collaborative Skills Development scheme supported the development of innovative, collaborative training packages for PhD students and early career researchers in the arts and humanities.
AHRC Project Studentships
AHRC closed the Project Studentships option within its responsive mode research grants route in 2013. AHRC may support project-based studentships in strategic and priority areas where there is demonstrable need for capacity building.