Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships 2019/20

White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH)

WRoCAH is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield.

We expect to offer these studentships for 2020/21 entry. Further details will be available in the autumn. 2019 applications are closed.

It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.

WRoCAH is able to offer at least 48 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

This year TWO types of studentship are offered:

You can make only ONE funding application to WRoCAH so need to choose the scheme that suits you best.

The differences between each type of scholarship can be found here.

Open Competition application

  • Student-led projects
  • Apply for a place of study first
  • Apply to WRoCAH for funding second

Collaborative Doctoral Award application

  • Defined projects with external collaborating partner organisation 

Applying for a WRoCAH AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) Studentship is a TWO stage process. 

  • STAGE 1: Expressions of interest to the project supervisor (deadlines and methods for EoIs vary between projects so please read each advertisement carefully). The supervisory team will then choose a student with whom they will work up a funding application. You may or may not be required to complete a programme application for a place of study as part of the EoI process.
  • STAGE 2: Preparation of funding application for WRoCAH. The student chosen in Stage 1 will work with the supervisory team to prepare their funding application for the deadline of 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 23 January 2019. If you did not complete a programme application for a place of PhD study at the EoI stage you MUST do this prior to submitting your funding application (not least because you will need a 9-digit number you will be provided with when you make the application). 

The list of advertised CDA projects is available here.

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses.

The value of the stipend for 2019/20 is yet to be confirmed. However, in 2018/19 the standard stipend rate is £14,777. (CDA awards are subject to an annual enhancement of £550 on top of the standard rate to help with travel to and from the project partner.)

Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The studentship application form and specific details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website:

Applications are now closed.

Contact us

Research Student Administration
+44 (0)1904 323374

You will normally have applied for, and ideally hold an offer of a place on, a PhD in one of the following departments:

However, 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. They can check the eligibility of the proposal with the WRoCAH Director, and if confirmed as eligible, you can proceed to make a scholarship application.

This may be the case for some students applying to Departments such as (but not limited to):

You must: 

  • Have or a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Have completed a Masters-level qualification, or be expecting to complete this by the time you start your PhD study.
  • Be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). 

In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA. International applicants are normally not eligible.

Find out more about residence guidelines:

Full-time and part-time study

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

Applying part-way through a PhD

You may apply if you have already commenced PhD study and have completed up to one full-time equivalent year, eg you started full-time study in autumn 2018. You will be eligible for an award that covers the second two years of PhD study only.

If you have already commenced PhD study and wish to apply for a York-based scholarship, you must either already be at York or plan to transfer to York to start Year 2 in autumn 2019. In the latter case, you must have applied for a place at York before submitting your application for funding.

The decision to accept you into Year 2 lies with the department to which you apply. Please contact the department if you wish to discuss your suitability for entry into Year 2.

Applications are now closed.

Before applying

If you're considering applying for any AHRC Doctoral Studentship, you must discuss this with your prospective academic department.

You must have applied for an eligible course of study, and preferably hold an offer, before applying for the studentship. You will need to use your course application number to apply for the studentship, which is normally generated 24 hours after submitting your course application.

To ensure you meet the deadline for studentship applications, please allow sufficient time for your course application to be processed. 

You may only apply for funding at one University: Leeds, Sheffield or York

How to apply

Find out how to apply (

After applying

You will receive a confirmation of safe receipt of your application within two weeks. If you submit your application within two weeks of the closing deadline, we may not confirm safe receipt until after the deadline has passed.

The selection process is very competitive, and decisions will factor in the academic quality of your application and your commitment to studying at York and through WRoCAH.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the end of April 2019.

If successful, you must confirm your acceptance of the studentship within two weeks or forfeit the offer.

Find out more about the application and scholarship allocation process (

If you're successful we'll send you a confirmation letter. The letter sets out the value and duration of the award, and you'll be asked to accept the Terms of the Studentship.

  • Details of the successful candidates will be passed on to the AHRC via the Research Councils Joint Electronic Submission (J-eS) Portal
  • The AHRC publish information about individual projects from this portal through the UKRI Gateway to Research (GtR)
  • For more information see UKRI terms and conditions of training grants, page 6 (

Departmental representatives will work with successful candidates to complete the necessary forms to register with the AHRC.

For awards with fee waivers

Fee waivers are paid directly to the University on behalf of the award holder and will be deducted from the award holder's account. You'll be responsible for paying any outstanding fees.

For awards with stipends

Stipends are paid quarterly in October, January, April and July each year into your bank account.

For all scholarships and studentships

All AHRC studentships are subject to the terms and conditions set out by the AHRC (

Continued receipt of all studentships is conditional upon satisfactory academic progress. You should notify Research Student Administration at in the following circumstances:

  • a leave of absence is approved
  • you need to take maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • a change in registration status is approved, eg full-time to part-time
  • a change of course is approved
  • you withdraw from your course.

We may request progress updates from the supervisors of award holders in order to monitor academic progress.

Contact us

Research Student Administration
+44 (0)1904 323374