Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships
The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership offers postgraduate studentships, supervision, training and skills development across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. We are one of eleven Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) brought about for this purpose.
The consortium includes a wide variety of bodies beyond the university sector that students can engage with to further their experience, from multinational organisations to local museums and galleries.
The AHRC NWCDTP provides funding opportunities for students to undertake doctoral research and training. We have 15 Pathways broadly organised as Histories, Cultures & Heritage; Creative and Performing Arts; Languages and Literatures. More about pathways...
The NWCDTP is committed to equality of opportunity and working to ensure our student cohort reflects the diverse community we serve. We have introduced a range of positive measures to assist in achieving these commitments, recognising in particular that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled students are currently underrepresented on our programmes and across the UK university sector. The introduction of these measures follows a review of our recruitment processes and forms part of a three-year plan we have developed to achieve greater diversity and better equality outcomes.
One of the steps we are taking as part of that plan is to introduce ring-fenced studentships during 2021 and 2022. In 2021, we will guarantee studentships for one candidate with a known disability and one candidate from a BAME background. In 2022, we will guarantee two candidates from BAME backgrounds a studentship. Applicants from these groups will, of course, also be considered as part of our recruitment to all of the available studentships.
Apply for a place on a programme by Friday 15 January 2021 AND submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 5 February 2021 (5pm)
How to Apply
Apply for a programme
To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme by Friday 15 January 2021. Please note that your application for admission onto your chosen programme must be complete (no missing documents) when submitted by this deadline. Please indicate in the 'Source of Funding' section of your programme application that you are applying for AHRC funding. Alternatively, if you have already submitted your programme application, please contact us at email@example.com.
Send a funding application
You must also submit an NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 5 February 2021 (5pm) in order to be considered. Applicants are strongly advised to liaise with prospective supervisors when completing the studentship application form.
Further information about the NWCDTP and the studentships on offer is available via the NWCDTP website, as are the application forms and guidance notes. Please check that you meet the academic and residential eligibility criteria on page 2 of the guidance notes before applying. Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the separate Equality and Diversity Form (also available from the NWCDTP website).
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to apply for an AHRC studentship?
Eligibility criteria can be found on page 2 of the Studentship Guidance.
Can I apply if I've already done so but been turned down?
Yes; the fact you've been previously turned down is not held against you.
Can I apply if I'm already undertaking doctoral study?
+2 Scheme (Two years Doctoral Study – For current first year students only)
This scheme will provide support for up to two years of full time study, or four years of part-time study for students who are currently registered on the first year of a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Students in their second or third year will not be eligible for funding
Can I apply for 1+3 funding?
No. The AHRC is not offering 1+3 funding (ie a Masters degree followed by a PhD), it is only offering PhD funding.
I am an overseas applicant; can I apply for an AHRC studentship?
From the academic year 2021/22, the NWCDTP is able to offer up to 30% of its awards to international PhD researchers. All funded PhD students, whether UK or International will be eligible for a full award which includes a stipend to support living costs, and fees at the standard UKRI home fee rate. Lancaster University will fund the difference between the Home and Overseas tuition fee for any successful overseas applicants.
Please also be aware that the NWCDTP is only permitted to award a maximum of 30% of its studentships - a maximum of 13 awards - to international (including EU and EEA) students per annum.
When is the deadline to submit my AHRC studentship application to Lancaster University?
To apply for an award you must have applied for a place on a programme at Lancaster University by Friday 15 January 2021. Please note that your application for admission onto your chosen programme must be complete (no missing documents) when submitted by this deadline.
You must also submit a NWCDTP (AHRC) studentship application by 5 February 2021 (5pm) in order to be considered.
Where can I find the application form to apply for an AHRC scholarship?
It can be downloaded from the NWCDTP website.
Who do I submit my AHRC application form to?
Send your completed AHRC application form to Sarah Purcell at email@example.com putting your name and ‘AHRC Application’ in the subject of your e-mail. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your application has been received. Once we have processed your application we will contact you if we require any further information from you.
Do I need to submit references with my AHRC application form?
References and transcripts supplied with your programme application will be matched to your funding application by the institution through which you are applying.
The references and transcripts submitted in support of your application for a place will suffice, but updated documents may be submitted if appropriate. This is advised if your new documents are able to provide information on your performance on a master’s degree currently in progress. If you are applying for a +2 (that is, you are a current PhD student) new reference letters should be submitted with comments on progress on your PhD to date.
If you decide to submit updated documents these must be received by the relevant admissions office by the deadline of 5th February 2021.
What other documents do I need to submit along with my completed AHRC application form?
You will need to provide 2 references, copies of your academic transcripts, and the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form.
Should I make a note on my programme application that I intend to apply for AHRC funding?
Please note ‘AHRC Funding’ in the Source of Funding section of your programme application. If you have already submitted your programme application form please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make a note on your behalf.
Can I accept the offer of a place on the programme if I do not yet know the outcome of the AHRC application?
Yes. If we offer you a place on one of our programmes please accept this. If your funding application is subsequently unsuccessful you may wish to request a deferral to a future cohort of the programme, or withdraw your application without penalty.
Where can I find the application number required on the first page of the AHRC application form?
This refers to your eight digit programme application number (starting with the number 3)
If you are a current PhD student at Lancaster University applying for a +2 award please provide your student ID number.
I have not yet received an offer on the PhD programme I have applied for; what should I write under the supervisors section in the form?
If you have been in contact with potential supervisors please include their names in this section of the form. Otherwise, please leave this section blank as it can be completed once supervisors have been selected.
Please contact your Pathway Representative in the first instance if you need help completing your AHRC application form. If help is still required contact email@example.com.