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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) WRoCAH Open Competition Studentships

AHRC WRoCAH 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: £15,009+ per annum, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year:
  • Open to: EU and UK students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
  • Number available: 40+
Applications for are closed.

This award is offered alongside the AHRC WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards. You can only apply for one AHRC WRoCAH award, so please consider carefully which is the most suitable for you.

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. At least 40 AHRC Open Competition Studentships are available across the three institutions for October 2020 entry.


Open to EU and UK students.

In order to be eligible you must also have an offer for a place on a course in one of the following departments:

  • Department of Archaeology
  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Women's Studies
  • Department of English and Related Literature
  • Department of History
  • Department of History of Art
  • Department of Language and Linguistic Science
  • York Law School
  • Department of Music
  • School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Politics
  • Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

If you are applying to a Department not listed above but your research topic falls within the AHRC’s remit, please speak to your proposed supervisor as soon as possible. This may be the case for some students applying to Departments such as (but not limited to):


Students from the EU are normally eligible for a fees-only scholarship, unless they have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three or more years directly prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education)


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 2020.

Existing students

If you are less than 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) into your PhD by October 2020, you may apply for funding to start on 1 October 2020.

How to apply

Application deadline: Wednesday 29 January 2020, 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 on line via the WRoCAH website.

Terms and conditions

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