Postgraduate research opportunities

AHRC-funded PhD Studentship Opportunities 2019/20

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 RCUK rates.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


22 October 2018


7 January 2019


3 years


Academic qualifications

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


Eligibility for RCUK studentships

  • Research Council (RC) fees and stipend can only be awarded to UK and EU students and not to EEA or International students.
  • EU students are only eligible for RC stipend if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting their PhD.
  • If an EU student cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for a fees only studentship.
  • International students cannot be funded from RC funds unless they are ‘settled’ in the UK. ‘Settled’ means being ordinarily resident in the UK without any immigration restrictions on the length of stay in the UK. To be ‘settled’ a student must either have the Right to Abode or Indefinite leave to remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law. If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have the Right of Abode.
  • Students with full Refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

Project Details

AHRC DTP Scotland is embedded within the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and through SGSAH Strathclyde collaborates with our partners to offer world-class doctoral training. 

Strathclyde’s postgraduate researchers also benefit from the support of our Graduate School which offers further training, event and funding opportunities; and from our Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development, which offers a personalised programme covering impact, external engagement and generic skills.

Strathclyde is able to offer supervision in the following areas. We also welcome innovative cross-disciplinary applications in any of the subjects listed below, and SGSAH encourages cross-institutional supervisory teams within the DTP. Please make any enquiries to the address below.

  • 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

For further details of our research strengths and supervisory expertise, please see:

You are advised to contact potential supervisors and DTP panel representatives well in advance, in order to seek guidance on the application process.


The institutional lead for AHRC-funded Postgraduate Research is Dr Sarah Edwards (
You are advised to contact potential supervisors and DTP panel representatives in advance, in order to seek guidance on the application process:


Contact: Professor Branka Dimitrijevic (

Creative Writing

Contact: Professor David Kinloch (


Contact: Dr Andrew Wodehouse (

English Language & Linguistics; English and Scottish Literature

Contact: Dr Elspeth Jajdelska (

Gender Studies

Professor Karen Boyle  (


Dr Niall Whelehan  (

Journalism, Media & Communication

Contact: Dr Michael Higgins (

Law and Legal Studies

Contact:  Dr Sylvie da Lomba (

Library and Information Studies

Contact: Professor Ian Ruthven (

Marketing, including Cultural Policy, Arts and Heritage Management

Contact: Dr Matthew Alexander (

Modern Languages; Interpreting & Translating

Contact: Dr Beatriz Caballero Rodriguez (

Further information

Full information, including eligibility criteria and an overview of the application process, is available at the SGSAH website.

Applicants may be either new or continuing students (please check the eligibility rules if you are a continuing student). Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply.


How to apply

  • By the closing date of 7 January 2019, candidates must have:
    (i) 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’)
    (ii) uploaded two academic reference letters with their online application to Strathclyde
    (iii) uploaded the AHRC DTP Scotland application form as an attachment to their online application to Strathclyde
    (iv) emailed a copy of the AHRC DTP Scotland application form to
  • You will be notified within two weeks of the closing date (7 January 2019) about whether we will enter your application into the AHRC DTP competition.