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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards

A Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield

  • Funding: £17,668+ per annum, plus £550 annual enhancement, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
  • Number available: 3 at York

Applications for 2023/24 entry will be advertised in January/February 2023.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Collaborative Doctoral Awards are attached to defined PhD projects at the universities of York, Sheffield and Leeds.

WRoCAH is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded studentships for York, Leeds and Sheffield and coordinates the doctoral training programme. Eight AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards are available across the three institutions for October 2023 entry, with three available at York.


Open to International (including EU) and UK (home) students.


Both International and Home students are eligible for fully funded studentships from October 2023.

If successful in being offered an award, you may be asked some questions on residency to confirm your fee status. This is only for internal use and your full research degree fees will be covered by your studentship regardless of whether you are classified as Home or International.


These awards are attached to specific projects, which will be advertised the week commencing 30 January 2023.


By the time you start your PhD study, you should have:

  • a First or 2:1 honours degree or equivalent
  • a Masters-level qualification.

Full-time and part-time study

You may apply to study either full-time or part-time. Part-time studentships will be awarded pro rata (normally 50 per cent for six years).

How to apply

How to apply

Application deadline: Wednesday 8 March 2023, 5pm GMT

Stage 1: expressions of interest, closing deadline 8 March 2023

Submit your expression of interest. You'll need to include:

  • a CV with details of your academic qualifications and any relevant work experience
  • a covering letter comprising a two-page statement to convey your motivation and enthusiasm for the project and to demonstrate your suitability for your intended PhD studies with the University and Project Partner, and to address your understanding of the expectations of being a member of the WRoCAH training programme.

The covering letter should specifically highlight the following:

  • your interest in the project and details on why you have chosen that University and Project Partner
  • how you'll apply your current skills, knowledge and experience to undertake a PhD and the approach you would take to develop the project
  • how the project fits into your career plans and ambitions
  • your plans to engage with the WRoCAH training programme.

Stage 2: decision on shortlisting, week commencing 13 March 2023

We'll contact you if you've been shortlisted and invite you for an interview. If you're shortlisted, you must complete a PhD programme application before interview.

If you are shortlisted for an interview you will be sent details of how to apply for a place at the university related to the project. At that point you will need to submit the names and contact details of two referees, copies of transcripts of your academic qualifications, and (if applicable) an IELTS certificate.

Stage 3: interviews, week commencing 27th March 2023 (to be confirmed)

Interviews will involve the academic supervisor, project partner supervisor and a member of the WRoCAH studentships committee. They will be conducted online.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions of research council training grants are maintained by UKRI:

Contact details

Postgraduate Research Administration

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