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.

Training Grants and Training Grant Funding

On this page, you can find general information about AHRC’s support for postgraduate training, and the terms and conditions for award-holders.

Doctoral Training Partnerships

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.

Centres for Doctoral Training

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

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.

International Placement Scheme

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.

If you are a current or previous student of IPS, we would very much welcome your input on your achievements to-date and your experiences. Please email communications@ahrc.ac.uk For application queries, please email ips@ahrc.ac.uk

Policy Internships

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.