AHRC DTP studentship FAQs

The scheme under which AHRC graduate studentships are made available to students is called a Doctoral Partnership Scheme (DTP). Studentships cover course fees, and in the case of UK students, also include a maintenance grant to cover living costs. In addition, the University receives funds to run programmes and events to deliver training and development in a range of skills.

Oxford’s AHRC DTP provides an innovative training environment for doctoral level research, with the opportunity for doctoral students to undertake broader training or development opportunities, such as language learning, overseas research visits, or placements with non-academic partners.

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AHRC DTP studentships provide funding to enable eligible students to undertake graduate study. Students are selected via a competitive process based on their application to undertake graduate study at the University of Oxford.

A full award (for eligible students ordinarily resident in the UK) for full-time study normally covers:

  • University tuition fees
  • College fees (which are normally paid by the University).
  • A maintenance grant (at the rate of the Research Councils UK national minimum doctoral stipend). If the award is for a period of less than 12 months in any year, the grant is reduced pro-rata to reflect the number of days for which a student is enrolled on-course.

A fees-only award (for students ordinarily resident in an EU country other than the UK) covers the cost of University tuition fees (college fees are normally paid by the University). The award does not include a maintenance grant.

Further information about University fees can be found at: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-and-college-fees

Both types of studentships may include:

  • Additional allowances for disabled students, where appropriate.
  • Additional support towards the costs of fieldwork, presenting at conferences abroad, or study visits for students pursuing doctoral research, by application.

Studentship funding is adjusted on a pro-rata basis for part-time awards.  



All eligible applicants for Oxford graduate programmes that fall within the AHRC’s subject coverage will automatically be considered for funding by Oxford’s AHRC DTP. Applicants do not need to submit a separate application, i.e. in addition to their course application, to be considered for a studentship.

For information on submitting a graduate application to Oxford, please consult the Graduate Admissions website: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford



A student’s eligibility depends on academic and residency criteria.

(i) Academic criteria: you should normally have gained an undergraduate degree from a recognised Higher Education Institution. You are also normally expected to have been awarded, or to be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification. You are advised to consult the entry requirements specific to your chosen course for more detailed information. Students who have already obtained a doctoral qualification are not eligible for AHRC DTP support.

(ii) Residency criteria: you must be ordinarily resident in the UK (for a full award covering fees and maintenance), or another European Union country (for a fees-only award). Overseas students are not eligible for AHRC DTP studentships. If you have queries about your residential eligibility, please contact ahrcdtp@admin.ox.ac.uk



The University of Oxford expects to award at least 60 AHRC doctoral studentships (and a number of Master’s awards) for the academic year 2018-19. 



Humanities faculties offer doctoral courses that are eligible for AHRC funding.  Some Social Sciences faculties and departments also offer doctoral courses that may be eligible for AHRC funding.

You are advised to cross-reference with the AHRC’s subject coverage for eligible disciplines. Please consult the faculty and your prospective supervisor/s if you have queries about your chosen course’s eligibility.  



Some courses at the University of Oxford have more than one application deadline. If you wish to be considered for an AHRC DTP studentship, you must apply by the January 2018 application deadline relevant to your chosen course. Please ensure that you consult the relevant course page on the Graduate Admissions website to find the appropriate deadline.



If you have been funded by the AHRC to undertake a Master’s degree, the AHRC will expect you to gain a Master’s qualification at the end of your Master’s course. Your application for doctoral study will be assessed alongside, and in the same way as, other applicants.

Please be aware that if you complete an MPhil or BPhil at Oxford and then undertake a DPhil consecutively, your fee liability and any associated scholarship funding will normally be reduced to two years. 



Current students who meet the relevant eligibility criteria may submit an application for an AHRC DTP studentship. The minimum period that the AHRC will support is two years’ fee liability (it is not possible to receive an AHRC doctoral award for just one year).

Please see the Notes of Guidance for current Oxford DPhils for more information.



You may be considered in the next competition without prejudice, providing you continue to meet the eligibility criteria for these studentships.



The competition for studentships is strong, and so your application to study at Oxford needs to be as powerful as you can make it. Your application and all of its supporting material is considered as evidence of your ability, aptitude, commitment and preparedness for postgraduate study, and thus your suitability for funding. Each application is judged on its own merits.

Your application will be considered by the relevant faculty or department at the University of Oxford which admits students to the course for which you are applying. The relevant faculty or department will nominate the most promising eligible applicants for AHRC awards to the Humanities Division. At this level, the AHRC DTP Selection Committee will review the nominations received across all of the relevant faculties/departments, and decide upon the allocation of studentships to the best candidates on merit. 



Studentship offer letters will be issued from mid-March 2018. It is expected that the process will be complete by the end of May 2018.


If you require further information, please contact ahrccomp@admin.ox.ac.uk.

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