Frequently Asked Questions


Whilst you are free to apply for admission to study at any (or all three) of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP consortium institutions, you must decide in advance to which one you would like to apply for AHRC funding. You will not be able to transfer your application to another institution within the consortium following submission. Please follow the funding application procedure of the chosen institution.


No, you must choose whether to apply for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP studentship via the standard route or Collaborative Doctoral Award competition. The OOC DTP will not accept more than one application for studentship funding from an applicant in any one year.


No, you may only apply for one Collaborative Doctoral Award in any one studentship competition. The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP will only accept one application for studentship funding per candidate in any one year.

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP is one of 10 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training partnerships in the UK. You may choose to apply to several of these doctoral training partnerships (DTPs). If you are offered an AHRC studentship by more than one DTP however, you must choose which one to accept and are asked to decline the other offer(s).

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. 

Please see the application processes under the How to Apply section of the website.

Please see the further guidance section of the website for information on the OOC DTP review process and selection criteria.


Beyond the 2018/19 academic year, the AHRC no longer supports master’s studentships. Only those applying for a programme of doctoral study are eligible to apply to the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP for studentship funding.

See the webpage on eligibility for further information.

Eligibility for AHRC studentship funding has changed. From 2021/22 onwards, international students will be eligible for UKRI studentship funding. All UKRI-funded doctoral students will be eligible for a full award, both the stipend to support living costs and fees at the UKRI approved rate. Awards to students liable for Overseas fees are capped at 30%.

Any students who started their degree in previous academic years are not affected by this announcement. EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting UKRI-funded programmes in the 2020 academic year will remain eligible for funding under the same terms as guaranteed by the Government in July 2019.


If your application for DTP funding is successful, you will receive an offer letter from the OOC DTP from early April. Further offers will be made as reserve places become available.

Due to the volume of applications, unsuccessful applicants are not notified on the outcome of their application.

It will not be possible to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates at any level of the competition.

Some Cambridge and Oxford studentships are co-funded by specific colleges. The award may involve changing colleges from your initial preference. Please note that if you are offered a college-shared award that involves changing colleges, the offer is dependent on you agreeing to move colleges.

If you are offered a college-shared award, your acceptance will be taken as confirmation that you have agreed to change college. Following your acceptance, your home university will arrange for the necessary processes to be undertaken to confirm your change of college.

It is possible to change status (e.g. from full to part-time study) once during the studentship. We recognise that life circumstances may change during the research project, and try to support our doctoral researchers as far as possible.

No, but it may be available in individual cases where this would specifically benefit your research project.


For candidates who meet the eligibility requirements, a full award through the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP offers:

  • Payment of university fees throughout the funded period. 
  • A tax-free maintenance stipend set at the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) minimum rate. The funding level changes on a yearly basis following inflation rate. Please visit the UKRI website for the most up-to-date figures.
  • An additional stipend of £550 per annum for CDA students, as a contribution towards additional costs incurred by working at the partner organisation as well as the home university.
  • The opportunity to apply to the DTP for an extension to studentship funding on the basis of individual training and research needs or to support a professional placement with an external organisation.

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.

The funding is exclusive in the sense that you cannot hold another studentship award offering fees (at 'Home' rate) and stipend at the same time. However you are not prevented from seeking other funding sources to support research or personal development activities; if these cover living expenses, your OOC DTP funding can be interrupted.