PhD programme

Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities

We are welcoming statements of interest from potential PhD candidates who wish to apply for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded studentships as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). 

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We are welcoming statements of interest from potential PhD candidates who wish to apply for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded studentships as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

We particularly welcome applicants interested in one or more of the following areas of research excellence:

  • English: Literature from Anglo-Saxon to Contemporary, Intermediality and Visual Culture; Book History and Print Culture; Creative Writing.
  • Theatre Studies: Drama from Medieval to Contemporary; Dramaturgy; Applied Drama.
  • Film Studies: British Cinema; American Cinema; Art Cinema; Film Stardom and Performance; Adaptation - Novel to Film & Stage and Screen.
  • Comic Studies: Comics and Creative Practice; Comics History and Aesthetics; Educational Use of Comics; Comics and Autobiography; Comics and other media.
  • History: Global History; Scottish History (particularly seventeenth and eighteenth century political history, nineteenth century social history, migration history and environmental history); European History; American History; Atlantic History; Eighteenth Century History; History of Empire; Gender History.
  • Law: International Law and Governance; Multi-level Governance; Environmental Law and Sustainable Development; Criminal Law and Justice; Corporate Law and Corporate Governance; International Family Law.
  • Philosophy: Continental Philosophy; Philosophy and Film; Philosophy and Technology; Philosophy and Performance.
  • Art, Media, and Visual Studies: Histories & Archives, Curation as practice, Theoretical studies, Visual Studies, Art & Philosophy, Aesthetics, Word & Image, Artists’ practice-led research.
  • Digital Economy, Futures & Culture: Exploring future technologies and user interactions through critical design Software and product design, Assistive technologies, Serious Games, Visual Effects for Film & TV, Future Practices in Design & Craft, Sustainable Design, Environmental solutions.
  • Design: Visualisation & Simulation, Mediating technology, information design, Applying design thinking, Public engagement, Identity cultural & sense of place, Design in Public, Policy, Society, Business-Service Design, Exploring the economic / social impact of new practices.

Successful applicants will benefit from:

Fees and Stipend at around £18,000 per annum plus fees for 3.5 years.

AHRC-funded students will have access to the rich resources available in all Scottish HEIs as well as unique training opportunities developed in partnership with SGSAH’s prestigious and internationally-renowned supporter organisations

Deadline for applications - December 9 2022, 12 noon

Notification of nomination - week commencing January 23 2023

Entry requirements

  • Home, EU and International applicants are eligible to apply. However, SGSAH will only fund at UK rates so international students will have to fund the gap between UK and International fee rates, while still receiving full stipends.
  • The AHRC expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification.
  • A First-Class Honours Degree (or international equivalent) and/or a Distinction at Masters Level is extremely desirable.
  • In order to be nominated for a studentship, applicants must hold an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a PhD degree programme in one of a specified range of disciplines above at the University of Dundee.  The SGSAH encourages and welcomes cross-institutional supervisory teams.
  • You must meet the residency criteria set out in the UKRI Conditions of Research Training Grants.
  • Applicants must not hold another full Studentship for the 2023/24 academic session.  Applicants holding a part studentship (e.g. fees only or stipend only) may still be considered.
  • Both new and continuing PhD students may apply.  To be eligible, continuing students must have at least 50% of their 3½ years full-time or 7 year part-time PhD programme remaining as at 30 September 2023, and funding will only be available for this remaining period.
  • AHRC students are awarded on the condition that the student lives a ‘reasonable distance’ from their lead-HEI.

How to apply

Application process

Further information on the selection process can be found on the SGSAH website

You apply to the University of Dundee via the on-line Direct Application system:

Please ensure the following Supplementary Information questions are completed:-

  • Q5. Quoting reference AHRC-PHD
  • Q7. Upload your Research Proposal PDF following the University of Dundee Research Proposal Guidance.

Contact us

Any questions please contact:

Research Team
School of Art & Design

PhD Team
School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Law

Find out more on the SGSAH website