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.
Two types of studentship will be offered through WRoCAH, funded by the AHRC, for a 2023/24 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 2023 and any deadlines for that scheme are to be confirmed. See the differences between these studentships on the WRoCAH website.
Black British studentship eligibility
WRoCAH is committed to increase the diversity of our student cohort. We are seeking to allocate a minimum of two studentships for Black British applicants in the 2023 recruitment cycle, as Black British students are currently significantly underrepresented among WRoCAH students.
You will only be considered under this process if you request consideration. If you wish to be considered for one of these studentships, you just need to check the box on the form to indicate that you are eligible.
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 2023 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).
You must have completed an application to study at Leeds, Sheffield or York, starting in October 2023.
If you are less than 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) into your PhD by October 2023, you may apply for funding to start on 1 October 2023.
You must have completed an application to study at Leeds, Sheffield or York, starting in October 2022.
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.
Application deadline: 25 January 2023, 5pm GMT (to be confirmed).
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.