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 main focus of your proposed research must fall within one of the AHRC's primary research areas and be supported by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP.
The subject remit is divided into three clusters. Further information on the eligible subject areas for each is given on our eligibility page.
If your research is interdisciplinary and draws on fields supported by another research council, such as the ESRC, your application must clearly demonstrate that at least 50% of the proposed research falls within the AHRC's remit, as demonstrated by the focus of your research questions. Your project should also seek to contribute predominantly to one of the AHRC's primary subject areas that is supported by the OOC DTP, with its main academic audience coming from that discipline or field.
If the focus of your proposed research is evenly split between the AHRC and another research council, you should apply to the DTP that is likely to be the best fit in terms of your training needs.
- The use of research methods associated with the Arts and Humanities is insufficient justification for eligibility, if your project’s main concerns and expected contributions lie outside AHRC subject areas.
- You should not submit the same doctoral research proposal to more than one DTP associated with a single university in the OOC DTP consortium. So, for example, a candidate should not seek support for doctoral research at Oxford from both the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP and the Grand Union ESRC DTP, unless applying for two different research projects.
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.