We have Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded studentships in the following areas of research excellence:

  • English: Literature, Intermediality and Visual Culture; Book History and Print Culture; Comics and Film Studies; Creative Cultures; Theatre Studies.
  • 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
    • 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
    • Visualisation & the Application of Visual Thinking
      Visualisation & Simulation, Mediating technology, information design, Applying design thinking, Public engagement, Identity cultural & sense of place, Design in Public, Policy, Society, Business-Service Design, Design in new contexts (health etc) Exploring the economic / social impact of new practices
    • Art, Media, and Visual Studies
      Histories & Archives, Curation as practice, Theoretical studies, Visual Studies, Art & Philosophy, Aesthetics, Word & Image, Artists’ practice-led research.


Deadline for applications - 30 November 2018

Notification of nomination - January 2019 (exact date to be confirmed)


Successful applicants will benefit from:

*Fees and stipend at around £15,000 per annum (fees only for EU students)

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. These include the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, BBC Scotland, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh International Book and Film Festivals, and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Full details available on the SGSAH website.

What is the value of the studentship?

This will be at the annually published Research Council UK rates and will include tuition fees at the Home/EU rate, plus an annual stipend for Home students only (£14,777 in 2018).


Eligibility criteria

  • Only Home and EU students are eligible to apply.
  • 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. 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 2019/20 academic session. Applicants holding a part studentship (e.g. fees only or stipend only) may still be considered.
  • EU nationals resident in the EEA are normally only eligible for fees only
  • 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 6 years part-time programme remaining as of 30th September 2019, 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.
  • The AHRC expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification.


Application process

  • You apply to the University of Dundee via UCAS Postgraduate

Further information on the selection process

Further details of the UCAS Postgraduate application process


Start your UCAS Postgraduate application for Art & Design (DJCAD), English, History, Law or Philosophy

Please ensure the following two questions under Supplementary Information are completed


Contact us

Any question please contact:

For Art & Design (DJCAD):

Fiona Fyffe Lawson
Research Support Officer
School of Art & Design
University of Dundee
Dundee, DD1 4HN
Scotland, U.K.


+44 (0)1382 385249


For Humanities (English, History or Philosophy):

Donna Milne
School of Humanities
University of Dundee
Dundee, DD1 4HN
Scotland, U.K.


+44 (0)1382 381125


For Law

School Office
School of Social Sciences
University of Dundee
Dundee, DD1 4HN
Scotland, U.K.


+44 (0)1382 384299