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AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Open Competition Studentships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities Open Competition scholarships suit student-led PhD projects within the AHRC remit of Histories, Cultures and Heritage, Creative and Performing Arts, and Languages and Literature.

  • Funding: £15,609+ per annum, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
  • Number available: 45+
Applications for 2022/23 are closed.

Two types of studentship will be offered through WRoCAH, funded by the AHRC, for a 2022/23 start: Open Competition and Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA).

Open Competition studentships are now open for application, however the CDA Competition does not open until February 2022 and any deadlines for that scheme are to be confirmed. See the differences between these studentships on the WRoCAH website.

White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH)

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

WRoCAH is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded studentships for York, Leeds and Sheffield and coordinates the doctoral training programme. Around 45 AHRC Open Competition Studentships are available across the three institutions for October 2022 entry.


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

Students can make one application for funding through the open competition at either York, Leeds or Sheffield.

Projects are welcome from all departments, as long as the research falls within the remit of the AHRC.


All students are eligible to receive a full award, to include fees and a stipend at the standard UKRI Home level. Applicants liable for international fees will have the difference between the home and international fee rate met by their University.


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% for six years).

New students

You must have completed an application to study at Leeds, Sheffield or York, starting in October 2022.

Existing students

If you are less than 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) into your PhD by October 2022, you may apply for funding to start on 1 October 2022.

How to apply

Application deadline: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 5pm GMT

You should apply for a place on a PhD programme at least one month in advance of the studentship application deadline.

Up to 48 hours after completing your PhD application, you will receive a 9-digit ID number. You will need this number to make your studentship application.

You should also leave time to discuss your studentship application with your supervisor.

You must apply online via the WRoCAH website. The application form and the Guidance Notes for Applicants are available here:

Applicants for Philosophy should follow the Philosophy WRoCAH application guidance.

Terms and conditions

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

Contact details

Postgraduate Research Administration
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