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AHRC DTP Scotland studentship competition 2021-22

The institutional lead for AHRC-funded Postgraduate Research is Dr Mark Ellis (

The University of Strathclyde is part of a consortium of ten Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support PhD studentships at full UKRI rates. The other HEI members are the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands, St Andrews, Stirling, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow School of Art, which constitute the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland (

Strathclyde is able to offer high-quality, strongly supportive, individualised supervision in 17 areas, some of it based in specialised centres with access to resources and professional networks facilitated by supervisors.  More detail on our areas of particular expertise is given below.  As an institution, Strathclyde has invested heavily in training for postgraduate researchers.  Uniquely in the UK, PhD candidates will also graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development through which they are able to access an extremely comprehensive and wide-ranging set of skills training courses and workshops to equip them both for undertaking their doctoral research and for entering employment (academic or not) on graduation.  Students select and follow an entirely individual path through the available provision, taking whatever is appropriate to their personal training needs.  Classes range from Research Design and Project Management to Building International Visibility and Getting Published in Academic Journals.

The AHRC DTP Scotland is nested within the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities - - that, as a collaboration of Scottish HEIs involved in the Arts and Humanities, is dedicated to making the best possible provision for doctoral researchers in these areas.  It is supported by both the Scottish Funding Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council and it aims to create a supportive community of doctoral graduates, capable of being research leaders in whichever sector they choose to enter upon graduation.

Potential applicants are advised to check if they meet current AHRC eligibility requirements before applying.

The closing date for 2021/22 entry to the AHRC DTP competition is Wednesday 6 January 2021 (12 noon). Subject to eligibility, we are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in applying for a studentship.  Please contact the academic reps for further information or with any queries.


  • By the closing date of 6 January 2021, 12 noon, candidates must have:
    1. applied online for a place on the PhD programme at the University of Strathclyde. (In the ‘Funding’ section of the Strathclyde online application, please write ‘AHRC DTP’)
    2. uploaded two academic reference letters with their online application to Strathclyde
    3. uploaded the AHRC DTP Scotland application form as an attachment to their online application to Strathclyde
    4. emailed a copy of the AHRC DTP Scotland application form to

You will be notified within two weeks of the closing date (6 January 2021) about whether we will enter your application into the AHRC DTP competition.


A first class degree or a masters with distinction is required. Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply.

The eligibility criteria for UKRI funding has changed for studentships commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. Now, all home and international students are eligible to apply for UKRI funding which will cover the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). Under the new criteria, UKRI have stipulated a maximum percentage of international students that can be recruited each year against individual training grants. This will be managed at the institutional level for all EPSRC DTP and ICASE grants. For EPSRC CDT grants, this will be managed by the individual CDT administrative/management team. For ESRC and AHRC studentships the final funding decision will be made by the respective grant holder.

To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

The residency requirements are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

If a student does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. The international portion of the tuition fee cannot be funded by the UKRI grant and must be covered from other sources. International students are permitted to self-fund the difference between the home and international fee rates.

Subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Policy, Arts and Heritage Management 
  • Design
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin Studies
  • History
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Italian Studies
  • Journalism, Media and Communication
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Scottish Literature 


Architecture by its very nature crosses the disciplinary borders between science, technology, the arts and humanities. The Department of Architecture has particular expertise not only in the history and theory of architecture and cities, but in the broader contextual and cultural dimensions of architectural culture that includes the political, cinematic, and literary dimensions of the built environment; the relationships between architecture, literature and film; the re-use of historic buildings and monuments; conservation theory; architectural history and the transformation of buildings.

Contact: Prof Branka Dimitrijevic (

Creative Writing

Creative Writing staff at Strathclyde offer a Masters by Research (M.Res) as well as PhD supervision. In this thriving and lively subject area practical skills are taught by experienced writers. David Kinloch is a widely regarded poet with a particular interest in poetic responses to the visual arts while Beatrice Colin specialises in Historical Fiction, Radio Drama and Teenage Fiction. There are opportunities for cross-disciplinary supervision - for example with English, Architecture and History. Alumni include Louise Welsh, Rachel Seiffert and Colette Paul. See 

Students can get involved with a vibrant scene both within the university and in the city of Glasgow. A programme of visiting speakers from the world of broadcasting, publishing and newspapers, including Gaynor McFarlane (BBC) and Alan Ramsay (Connect Communications) runs alongside the Literary Lunches, run by our Keith Wright Literary Fellow. This series showcases the best in Scottish writing, and features poets and novelists such as Liz Lochhead, James Robertson and Andrew Greig. Recent successes include the broadcast by BBC Radio 4 as part of their New Writing from Scotland series of a short story by PhD student, Melissa Reid.

In 2013 our undergraduate and postgraduate students performed at the Glasgow Aye Write Festival. In 2012, they read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and three post-graduate students organized and ran a highly successful Creative Writing Conference – the first of its kind in Glasgow.

Creative Writing Supervisors and Areas of Expertise

Contact: Dr Rodge Glass (


The Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management (DMEM) is a multi-disciplinary department that focuses on research excellence, effective industrial partnerships and creative education. Our department is well equipped with state-of-the-art tools to help design, prototype, manufacture and perform research on a broad range of items. Our research interests in the area of design move beyond functional or technical requirements towards user experience in the embodiment of designed artefacts, the design process in terms of how designers create and collaborate, and understanding broader innovation trends through social and cultural influences. Potential areas of supervision include:

  • User experience: Product aesthetics, remote presence, product interaction.
  • Design process: creativity and creative working, information support, collaborative tools.  
  • Drivers of innovation:  Design history, design culture, patents and intellectual property.

Contact: Dr Andrew Wodehouse (

English Language and Literature, Scottish Literature

Supervisors in English cover historical periods from Renaissance to Contemporary and have additional strengths in Animal Studies, Periodical studies, Gender and Sexuality, Scottish Studies, Victorian and neo-Victorian studies, Heritage, Life Writing, Cognition of Literature and Literary Linguistics.

The department has particular strengths in interdisciplinary research. Strathclyde is home to the internationally renowned British Animal Studies Network, and hosts the Glasgow Animal Studies Reading Group. We are also one of the world centres for Literary Linguistics, which combines theoretical linguistics and literary study (see “Linguistics” below). The department has further strengths in the Medical Humanities, in areas such as the relationship between literary form and psychology and cognitive science.

Strathclyde hosts the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies, which brings together scholars from Strathclyde, Glasgow, and Stirling with interests in the Victorian period. Our strengths in Victorian and Edwardian studies and print cultures have been recognised in three recent AHRC doctoral awards.
We also have an outstanding record in internally and AHRC funded doctoral supervision. Research topics range from Scottish Asian writing, periodical studies and the history of medicine, Scottish magazine culture, feminist media studies, Scottish cultural activism of the 20th century, social networks and the railway, popular and speculative fiction, ecofeminism, and spoken word poetry.

The department is involved in major overseas collaborations on digital humanities and is also home to a major three-year Leverhulme grant and a Royal Society of Edinburgh workshop grant in the emerging field of cognition of literature.

English Language Supervisors and Areas of Expertise

Contact: Dr Jordan Kistler (


History has had an excellent track record in recent years of attracting postgraduate funding from the AHRC, ESRC, Wellcome Trust and Carnegie Trust.  Recent graduates have not only continued in post-doctoral appointments at Strathclyde and elsewhere, but also full time academic posts and permanent positions as historians with other employers, such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

Historical research at Strathclyde is built along four, often overlapping strands:

  1. History of Science, Technology and Medicine (supported by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, run jointly with Glasgow Caledonian University) - mental health and psychiatry; drug policy and addiction; military medicine; food and nutrition; immunology; occupational health; gender, sexuality and medicine
  2. Oral History (supported by the Scottish Oral History Centre) – history of work; disability; genocide; industrialisation and deindustrialisation; health and medicine; experiences of war; masculinities
  3. European and International History – Ireland; Balkans and Eastern Europe; Africa (Great Lakes region); African American history; European diplomacy; Cold War history; British Empire; History of the USA
  4. Scotland and the World – the Scottish ‘periphery’; political history; religious history; industrialisation and deindustrialisation; maritime history; Scotland’s relations within the wider British and Irish archipelago.

History Supervisors and Areas of Expertise

Contact: Dr Niall Whelehan (

Journalism, Media and Communication

We are staffed by a team of internationally-renowned scholars, presenting a range of academic and professional profiles. While we welcome proposals from across journalism and publishing, we enjoy particular expertise in the following fields:

  • Media and politics
  • Investigative journalism
  • Journalism and ethics
  • Health journalism
  • Media and communications
  • Strategic Communication and Communication Studies
  • Gender Studies

Contact: Dr Michael Higgins (   

Gender Studies

  • Gender issues, inequalities, gender-based violence, gender justice, gender differences, gender identities, gendered relationships, gender and power.
  • The social, cultural, historical, political, and economic dimensions of gender.
  • How gender intersects with related structural inequalities including class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability.
  • Gender theory, queer theory, feminist epistemology and methodology.
  • Activism, advocacy, business, education and policy work in fields of diversity, inclusion, equalities, and social justice

Contact: Prof Karen Boyle (

Law and Legal Studies

The Strathclyde Law School offers a vibrant and exciting environment in which to further your studies. Our research interests are diverse, offering expertise across a wide range of areas and in both doctrinal and socio-legal approaches to the study of law using theoretical and/or empirical methods. We can supervise most areas of law and legal studies and our staff have particular interests in the following fields:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law – Scottish, UK, EU, global and comparative aspects;
  • Civil Justice – dispute resolution and mediation, labour law and employment tribunals, economic and social rights;
  • Criminal Law generally, Evidence, Criminal Justice and Criminology – child offenders, youth justice, forensic science, evidence, juries, expert evidence, criminal law, community penalties, cybercrimes, counter-terrorism, homicide, sentencing and penal policy, judiciary, legal aid, plea bargaining, high risk offenders, desistance, imprisonment, domestic violence, sexual violence and sex work;
  • Environmental Law and Governance – biodiversity, climate change, corporate accountability, economic law, energy, environmental justice, fresh water, human rights, land, food and agriculture, oceans, sustainable development, traditional knowledge, legal anthropology, property theory and ecological justice;
  • Equality and Discrimination Law – gender, same sex relationships, work and family reconciliation;
  • EU Law – constitutional, institutional, social law, competition law, EU asylum and immigration law;
  • Human Rights – domestic, European, international and comparative aspects including immigration and asylum, transitional justice, indigenous people’s rights and human rights education.
  • Housing Law and Policy – the private rented sector, homelessness;
  • International Law – trade law, international migration law, transitional justice (including the legacy of the Holocaust), terrorism law;
  • Internet Law and Regulation – Intellectual property, privacy and surveillance, e-commerce, content regulation, child pornography and cybercrime;
  • Law and Popular Culture – film, TV and theatre;
  • Private Law – family law and domestic relations, medical law and ethics, trade and competition law;
  • The Legal Profession – lawyers and lawyering, professional ethics, the provision of legal services and access to justice, the judiciary.

Law Supervisors and Areas of Expertise

Contact: Professor Cyrus Tata (

Library and Information Studies

By UKRI/EU research funding and ISI ranked research output, the University of Strathclyde Department of Computer and Information Sciences is the leading information school in Scotland and one of the top in the UK. It is also a member of the iSchools group, a coalition of the world’s leading information schools.  In pursuit of a literate and informed society, much of our research is societal in nature, investigating human information need and use, and informing future interactive public information system service design. Working closely with industry and the Library & Information Science profession, we have active research partnership agreements with a number of public sector organisations encompassing PhD field research support.  We welcome PhD applicants with particular interests in:

  • interactive information retrieval
  • information seeking behaviour
  • information policy
  • information architecture

Further information is available via our research group webpages

Contact: Prof Ian Ruthven (


We specialise in the combination of linguistics and literature, and in 1985 established a programme in 'Literary Linguistics'.  We focus on poetic and narrative form, from a linguistic and psychological perspective.  In March 2020, we are teaching a Scottish graduate catalyst event on literature and linguistics, with two day sessions on 'Poetry and song: problems of form and function' and 'Narrative: perspectives from anthropology, linguistics and psychology'.

Contact: Professor Nigel Fabb (, Professor of Literary Linguistics 

Marketing, including Cultural Policy, Arts and Heritage Management

Our researchers are at the forefront of the increasing convergence between Marketing and the Humanities and Social Sciences. We look critically at the societal and commercial impacts of consumerism and often adopt historical approaches in the analysis of consumer culture within the globalisation discourse. The Dept. of Marketing has recently achieved success in attracting an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the project “Cultural Heritage and Ancestral Tourism: reclaiming Scottish identity from "Highlandisation" in collaboration with Glasgow Life. We offer particular PhD supervisory expertise in the following areas:

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Heritage marketing
  • Destinations
  • Ancestral tourism
  • Community-based tourism
  • Consumer Culture Theory

Current areas researched with the Dept of Marketing that have yielded publications in high-impact journals include the interface between Diaspora markets and heritage practitioners through Ancestral Tourism in Scotland; the interpretation of Islamic cultural heritage in the international marketplace; the question of ‘Authenticity’ in the production and reception of heritage products; nostalgia as an influence on consumption in the 21st century as well as place identity and community heritage marketing. We are also interested in the impact of poverty on consumption and the implications of consumer disadvantage and consumer poverty for wellbeing and social exclusion.

Contact: Dr Matthew Alexander (  

Modern Languages

We have an excellent track-record of successful supervisions across the three languages which are taught at Strathclyde, and many of our former students have gone on to become academics, or to work in other university related jobs. Our research, which covers a range of disciplines and methodologies, focusses on the modern period. Where applicable we can offer joint supervision with other departments.

  • French Studies: Late 19th and 20th century history and culture, particularly the Second World War
  • Hispanic Studies: Modern Spanish and Latin American Literature, Intellectual History
  • Italian Studies: 19th and 20th Century History and Culture, particularly Opera, Gender Studies, the Second World War, Terrorism, Protest Movements
  • Language Teaching: Theory and practice, multilingualism
  • Interpreting and Translation

Modern Languages Supervisors and Areas of Expertise

Contact: Dr Sharon Deane-Cox (


AHRC-aligned MRes Interdisciplinary Excellence Awards (4 for 2021-22)

 4 x fee waivers; MRes or MPhil degrees are eligible; can be offered for full-time or part-time study

 See advert -

 These masters-level bursaries are being funded by Research and Knowledge Exchange Services, to facilitate applications to the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland (see in all departments and faculties.

 The awards are intended to promote interdisciplinary collaboration: preference will be given to research projects with two supervisors from different disciplinary backgrounds, who may, or may not, be located within the same department or faculty. We encourage innovative collaborations within the arts and humanities, and with colleagues in social science, science and engineering.

 This competition is open for both student and supervisor-led projects.

  • For supervisor-led awards, a student may be attached to the project at the point of application (students nominated on initial applications must meet the academic criterion of a first-class degree).
  • For student-led awards: one or both supervisors may be named on the application, but are not required to have formally agreed to supervise. Students are advised to consult with prospective supervisors before applying.

 The deadline for applications is midnight on MONDAY 19 APRIL 2021

 Please attach your PDF application to an email, with the following subject line: AHRC-aligned MRes Interdisciplinary Excellence Awards and send to


Your application should be organised under the following headings:

  • research proposal (questions, context and methods) (500 words)
  • up to 1000 words supporting statement, to include supervisor fit, benefits of the supervisory collaboration, training*, research environment, fit to School/Faculty/University strategic themes, and any external partnerships
  • if a student is applying, or a student is attached to a supervisor-led award, indicate their suitability for the bursary and project by outlining their academic interests, achievements and predicted or actual degree performance (this section is intended to determine the eligibility of the student and will not be scored. All recipients of the bursary must have a first-class degree)

*please note that MRes and MPhil students can take between 20 and 60 credits of research training

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Mark Ellis ( (university-wide lead for AHRC postgraduate research)


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