Before applying for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP studentship, please ensure that you meet the specific eligibility requirements set out by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

Residential criteria

Only students who meet UK or EU residential criteria are eligible for an AHRC DTP Studentship.

Full award Fees-only award
To be eligible for a full award you must have no restriction on how long you can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). In case you are from an EU state other than the UK you are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, you must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.


Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.

Academic criteria

You should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification. If you are 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 only 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 criteria

Your research topic and your course of study must fall within the subject areas covered by the AHRC. Please see the AHRC's website for information on which disciplines are supported.

Current doctoral students

If you have already started doctoral study at one of the consortium universities, you may be eligible for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP studentship providing that, at the start of the award, you would have at least 50% of your period of study remaining. Further information on how to apply as a current doctoral student is available here.