WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentships

ahrclogoThe White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities is offering around 50 studentships starting October 2016 across Leeds, Sheffield and York, through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Block Grant Partnerships scheme.



Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 15.07.44How do I apply?

The closing deadline for applications for October 2016 entry has now passed. The scheme will open again in November 2016 for applications for October 2017 entry.

First, read the Guidance Notes for Applicants here, then prepare your application.

The closing deadline for the receipt of applications is 17:00 GMT on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered for funding.

Applications for 2016 entry will be open from 1 November 2015 and the online application form will be found at the bottom of this page.

Why should I apply?


Current WRoCAH students: Philip Roberts and Tim Rowbotham

An energetic WRoCAH doctoral research community

WRoCAH offers a vibrant and established doctoral student community. Students work, network and learn with a 70+ strong cohort of doctoral researchers from across the three White Rose Universities, with the engagement and support of the 160+ other students who joined the College in 2014 and 2015.

Research and training support

Exceptional support and a range of additional funding schemes are available to students to support training activities, research data gathering, running events and undertaking knowledge exchange projects.


logosWhile it may feel a little early to be thinking about what you are going to do after your PhD, a central feature of the WRoCAH training scheme is a month spent with an external organisation focusing on just that. The month is spent on a project specifically targeted at improving your employability skills in relation to your individual set of professional skills and your career aspirations.

While this project can be completed with the organisation of your choice, WRoCAH works with 16 Core Partner organisations to make sure this opportunity offers you the best experience possible.

Click here to read more about the WRoCAH Training Programme.

Am I eligible?


Current WRoCAH students: Alice Toso and Veronica Aniceti

Applicants MUST be either

  • NEW applicants who have applied for a place of study at either Leeds, Sheffield or York in an eligible School, Department or Centre for start in October 2016.
  • EXISTING students entering their 2nd year of PhD study in October 2016. You must either be either at Leeds, Sheffield or York or have made an application to transfer to one of these three institutions by the closing deadline on 2 February.

List of WRoCAH-eligible Schools, Departments and Centres for 2015/6

You are encouraged to make this application as soon as possible, to allow time to work with your prospective supervisor to prepare your WRoCAH funding application.

Once you have applied for a place of study you are eligible to apply for a WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentship. While you can make applications for a place of study at multiple institutions, you may apply to only ONE of the three universities for WRoCAH funding.

These awards are competitive across the three White Rose Universities with no allocations per institution or subject areas. Prospective students apply directly to WRoCAH and will be competing for WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentship funding with all other applicants from across the three institutions and all subject areas.

Residential Eligibility

AHRC studentships are only available to students from the UK or European Union. Applications cannot be accepted from students liable to pay fees at the Overseas rate.  Normally UK students will be eligible for a full award which pays fees and a maintenance grant if they meet the residency criteria and EU students will be eligible for a fees-only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately prior to taking up the award.

Please read the Conditions of Research Council Training Grants Guide for more information.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentship funding please contact the relevant University postgraduate administration team (see Guidelines for Applicants below).


Current WRoCAH student: Sarah Little

What do I get?

  • Full-time AHRC Competition Studentships for doctoral research are 3 years in duration (or 6 years part time). Awards are made for one year initially and renewable only subject to satisfactory academic progress.
  • Awards must be taken up on 1st October 2016.
  • Awards will comprise UK/EU fees at Research Council rates and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£14,057 in 2015/6).


Ready to apply for WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentship funding?

Just a little longer to wait … applications will open on 1 November 2015.

The closing deadline for the receipt of applications is 17:00 GMT on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered for funding.

Read the Guidelines for WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentship Applicants

Before you complete your application form, please make sure you have read the guidance notes for applicants in detail. These include helpful advice about completing the various sections of the application form and have a section for Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to apply for a WRoCAH AHRC Competition Doctoral Studentship starting October 2016