Eligibility

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

Residency requirements

Any prospective doctoral student wishing to study at a UK research organisation, including international students, is eligible for studentship funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), including the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Awards to international students are limited however, and will not normally exceed 30% of the total awards in any one year.

All UKRI-funded doctoral students are eligible for a full award, comprising a stipend to support living costs and fees up to the home rate. International students may be required to cover the fee gap between the home and overseas fee rates.

This is a change in the criteria and will come into force for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

Fee status

To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

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

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student.

Further information about eligibility criteria is given below and on the UKRI website. Please note, the university via which you apply is responsible for assessing your fee status; the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP team cannot advise you on this.

    Further information on eligibility and fee status

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      The UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

      In terms of residency requirements for UK nationals, for courses starting from 1 August 2021, candidates will continue to be eligible for home fee status as long as:

      • they were living in the EEA or Switzerland on 31 December 2020, and have lived in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar for at least the last 3 years before starting a course in the UK
      • have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar between 31 December 2020 and the start of the course
      • the course starts before 1 January 2028

      Eligibility on these grounds will only be available for courses starting up to seven years from the last day of the transition period (i.e. on 31 December 2027 at the latest).

      Children of UK nationals will also be eligible for support on the same terms, even if they are not themselves UK nationals, as long as both the UK national and the child meet the conditions listed above.

      This is following the announcement made by https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-nationals-in-the-eeaand-switzerland-access-to-higher-education-and-19-further-education

      The above residency requirements will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

      It will also not apply to those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

      Temporary absence

      A UK national may have spent an extended period living outside the UK, either for study or employment and still be eligible for home fee status. Candidates in these circumstances are required to show that they have maintained a relevant connection with their home country and therefore claim that the absence was temporary. ‘Temporary’ does not depend solely on the length of absence.

      EU, EEA or Swiss citizens can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If successful, applicants will get either settled or pre-settled status.

      Settled status

      Applicants will usually get settled status if they:

      • started living in the UK by 31 December 2020
      • lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’)

      Five years’ continuous residence means that for 5 years in a row they have been in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least 6 months in any 12-month period. The exceptions are:

      • one period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting)
      • compulsory military service of any length
      • time spent abroad as a Crown servant, or as the family member of a Crown servant
      • time spent abroad in the armed forces, or as the family member of someone in the armed forces

      If they have settled status, they can spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing that status. If they are a Swiss citizen, they and their family members can spend up to 4 years in a row outside the UK without losing their settled status.

      Pre-settled status

      If applicants do not have 5 years’ continuous residence when they apply to the EU settlement scheme, they will usually get pre-settled status. They must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

      Those with pre-settled status will qualify as a home student if they have 3 years residency in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland immediately before the start of their course.

      It is then possible to apply to change this to settled status once they have got 5 years’ continuous residence. They must do this before the pre-settled status expires. They can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date they get pre-settled status.

      If they have pre-settled status, they can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing their status. They will need to maintain their continuous residence if they want to qualify for settled status.

      Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or Indefinite leave to enter (ILE)

      Indefinite leave to enter or remain (ILR) are types of immigration status.

      It is possible to continue to live in the UK without applying to the EU Settlement Scheme if they have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK. However, if they choose to apply (and meet all the other conditions), they will get ‘indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme’ - also known as settled status.

      They can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing their indefinite leave to enter or remain status.

      International Student

      If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student.

      The university via which you apply is responsible for assessing your fee status. The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP team cannot advise you on this. For further guidance, please see the relevant university webpages:

       

      More information about fee status assessment is available on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is a national advisory body that provides general guidance on international student issues. Please note that UKCISA does not carry out assessments of individual circumstances.

      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 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 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. Your primary research topic and course of study must fall within the subjects supported by the AHRC. These are broken down into three core areas:

      1. Histories, Cultures and Heritage - Archaeology, Classics, Cultural and Museum Studies, Development Studies, History, Information and Communication Technologies, Law and Legal Studies, Library and Information Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and International Studies, Theology and Divinity and Religion.
      2. Creative and Performing Arts - Dance, Design, Drama and Theatre Studies, Media, Music and Visual Arts.
      3. Languages and Literature - Languages and Literature and Linguistics.

      For further information on the disciplines and sub-disciplines that fall within each of these areas, please see the AHRC's website. If you remain unsure whether your proposed doctoral project and course of study fall within the remit of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP, please discuss with your prospective supervisor in the first instance.

      If you have already commenced study

      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.