Black and Global Majority studentships

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (OOC DTP) is committed to addressing under-representation in Arts and Humanities doctoral study. In October 2021 we launched a scheme to increase the number of studentship awards made through our standard route competition to Black and Global Majority students ordinarily resident in the UK.

In our 2021/22 competition, a minimum of ten awards are available for Home fee status Black and Global Majority students applying for doctoral study in an AHRC subject area through The Open University, University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. A minimum of two of these studentships will be awarded to candidates who identify as Black or Mixed Black, Bangladeshi or Mixed Bangladeshi, and Pakistani or Mixed Pakistani, since these groups are disproportionately under-represented in doctoral study in the Humanities.

This is a positive action initiative under the Equality Act 2010.

Students who identify as Black, Asian, Mixed and/or from a Global Majority racial and ethnic group will be eligible to be considered for one of these studentships. 

Residency requirements

You must be ordinarily resident in the UK, such that you are eligible for Home fees. The university via which you apply is responsible for assessing fee status; for further guidance, please see the relevant university webpages:

Academic criteria

You should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification. You should have met all the course requirements prior to the start date of the studentship.

If you do not have experience of formal postgraduate study, you may be eligible for a studentship if you can demonstrate evidence of sustained experience beyond undergraduate degree level that is specifically relevant to the proposed research topic, and could be considered equivalent to Master’s study. For academic eligibility please check the admissions criteria for your course.

Subject area

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP supports discipline-based projects in all of the subjects covered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), but also welcomes interdisciplinary research and research in emerging fields of study and creative practice. To be eligible for studentship funding the focus of your proposed research must fall within one of the AHRC's primary research areas.

On-course applicants

If you have already commenced doctoral study at one of the consortium institutions, you are eligible to apply for funding provided that, at the start of the AHRC award, you will have not have completed more than 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time study. This means that if you are studying on a full-time basis, you may be eligible to apply in your first year of study. If you are a part-time student, you may be eligible to apply in your first, second or third year. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please enquire with your department or faculty in the first instance.

An Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP studentship covers university fees in full and provides a tax-free stipend for living costs at the UKRI rate (at least £15,609 per year).

Funding is adjusted on a pro-rata basis for part-time students and where the award is for a period of less than 12 months in any year.

Those in receipt of studentships through this initiative will be eligible for the same benefits as other UKRI-funded students, including additional support for research expenses and individual skills training, funded sick leave (up to 13 weeks in any 12 month period), funded maternity leave, and Disability Support Allowance (DSA).

You should apply to the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP standard route competition at the same time as applying for admission to a doctoral programme at The Open University, the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. See further guidance on How to Apply.

The first stage of assessment is completed by the admitting university. To be considered for nomination to the OOC DTP under the Black and Global Majority studentships initiative, you must

  • submit a completed copy of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP Application Form;
  • tick the box to say that you wish to be considered for OOC DTP/AHRC studentship funding;
  • disclose ethnicity information in the monitoring section of your university’s admissions system.

If eligible, the university through which you are applying will automatically consider you for OOC DTP studentship funding.

Your application will only be considered by the DTP if you receive an offer of admission from the university at which you wish to take up your studentship.

Note on terminology

Global Majority refers to people who identify as Black, Asian, Mixed and/or have been racialised as ‘ethnic minorities’; these groups represent over 80% of the world’s population. The DTP recognises the complex and contested nature of such collective terminology and will continue to strive for clarity of expression in this and future initiatives.