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AHRC Competition for entry in 2019/20

University of Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership


The Open University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge are pleased to announce the success of their bid for funding for the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership, which will create nearly 400 new doctoral places in the arts and humanities. The University is therefore pleased to invite applications from outstanding Home/EU PhD candidates interested in receiving AHRC doctoral studentships for October 2019 entry.

Studentships are available in a wide range of arts and humanities subjects, offered in departments and faculties throughout the University of Cambridge. These studentships offer an exceptional opportunity for all students interested in working towards an arts and humanities doctorate within a world-leading research environment.

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When applying for study through the Graduate Applicant Portal, you must indicate that you would like to be considered for funding and complete the AHRC section under “Funding”.  You will also need to complete the OOC DTP Supplementary Questions Form and upload it as an additional document when completing your application through the portal.

MMLL will nominate a number of students to the University for an award. As part of the AHRC selection process, top ranked PhD candidates starting in 2019/20 (if eligible) will automatically be considered for a prestigious Wolfson Foundation award. 


Applying Timetable

3 January, 2019 - Students wishing to apply for this funding must submit their application by the 3rd January 2019. It is recommended that you start your application several weeks in advance of the deadline as you will need to ensure that your supporting documentation and references are uploaded before the deadlineDetail on making an application and links to the application process can be found on the Graduate Admissions website

Eligibility criteria is available here.

Your application must include a Research Proposal. Your Research Proposal should cover the following points:

  • the research problem or question and why it matters in terms of the research context;
  • your reasons and purposes for undertaking this project;
  • your preparation and previous experience;
  • the approach to be taken and how sources are to be used; 
  • an outline timetable for completion;
  • your training needs;
  • any ethical issues related to your research project.

If you have already begun your doctoral study, please remember to refer to the research you have undertaken to date. If you are applying for doctoral funding for a third time, you must also include justification for this further application. 

New and continuing students should complete the AHRC section under “Scholarships” on the Graduate Applicant Portal.

Current PhD students should see here for information on the application process.

Mid-March onwards, 2019 - Successful applicants will be notified.

Admissions interviews for those applying for AHRC funding may be held on a rolling basis, so it is possible that applicants will be invited for an interview at any time between October 2018 and the end of January 2019. However it is anticipated that the majority of these interviews will take place between 23 January and 31 January 2019. Interviews are held either in person or by Skype. The Postgraduate Office will contact shortlisted candidates directly with regard to interview dates. Due to tight timescales for the selection process, it is likely that shortlisted applicants will be contacted in mid-January with regard to their interview date/time.

In the event that a successful awardee is unable to take up their offer, their award would normally be offered to the next candidate on the university's shortlist. It is for this reason that only successful candidates are notified of the outcome of their funding application.  The majority of awards are issued in March/April, but it is possible that awards could still continue be offered at a later date.  The 31st July of each year is typically the cut-off date for the award of any funding.