Applications are invited for the following PhD awards. Please note that you must have accepted an offer of a place on a relevant programme before you can be considered for the awards.

AHRC Funded Bursaries

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), Lancaster University has access to 40 AHRC studentships per year over a 5-year period covering 2014-15 to 2018-19.

Applicants to Lancaster must be planning to study in one of the following NWCDTP-approved pathways:

  • Art History
  • Arts Management, Library and Museum Studies
  • Drama, Theatre, Dance
  • Media and Communication
  • visual Arts: Arts and Design
  • Students should normally have been offered a place at Lancaster prior to submitting their AHRC studentship application. However, AHRC studentship applications will be accepted from students who have already applied for a place at Lancaster but have yet to receive a final offer, providing that such an offer has been made by Lancaster by, at the latest, 21 February 2014. When completing the AHRC studentship form, applicants should liaise with prospective supervisors.

    To complete a PhD application, please follow directions on the How to Apply page.

    To complete a NWCDTP funding application, please see the application forms and guidance notes available on the NWCDTP website

    The deadline for applications for 2014-15 is 21 February 2014.

    For further details please visit the faculty funding pages.


    If you have any questions or for further information please contact Jennifer Bull, LICA Postgraduate Coordinator,

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    . For enquiries that are academic-related please contact Professor Elaine Aston,


Funded PhD Studentship: Liveable Cities

We are looking to recruit one university funded Design PhD to work on the EPSRC Programme Grant Liveable Cities, Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing.

Liveable Cities is an ambitious, five-year programme of research to develop a method of designing and engineering low-carbon, resource-secure, wellbeing enhanced UK cities. This will be achieved via the development of a unique City Analysis Methodology (CAM) that will measure how cities operate and perform in terms of their people, environment and governance, taking account of wellbeing and resource security. The CAM will be used to establish future visions of low-carbon, resource-secure, liveable UK cities from which the team will backcast to determine what needs to be done now to achieve these visions. Using the CAM, the Liveable Cities team will develop realistic and radical engineering solutions for achieving the UK's ambitious carbon reduction targets and will test them in three UK cities: Birmingham, Lancaster and Southampton.

For more information please visit the Liveable Cities page

Application Process - PhD Students

You cannot be considered for a studentship unless you also have been offered a place on the course, so you must submit an online application form. To do this follow directions on the How to Apply page.

A supporting document (two pages) demonstrating your knowledge, experience and skills related to this area and your work experience. This should be submitted as part of your application in place of a research proposal.

Terms and Conditions

The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees and a tax free yearly stipend of 13,590.

For any enquiries please contact Claire Coulton, Liveable Cities Project Administrator, 01524 510818,

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Faculty Scholarships

Application Process

LICA is unable to offer any PhD fees only Faculty Scholarship awards, however the Department is able to offer a 1+3 (MA and PhD Home/EU) fees only Faculty Scholarship for applicants wanting to take MA by Research followed by a PhD.


If you have any questions or for further information please contact Jennifer Bull, LICA Postgraduate Coordinator,

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Other Funding

University Funding Opportunities

In additional to the listed funding opportunities there are a number of full and partial bursaries offered by Lancaster University. Details of all such funding opportunities are available on the University's Postgraduate Funding Pages and in a searchable database on the Student Services website.

UK Students

Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional and Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website.

International Students

A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for International Development.

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