New initiative to address under-representation in Humanities doctoral study

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (OOC DTP) has this week launched a scheme to increase the number of Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP awards made to Black and Global Majority students ordinarily resident in the UK.

In the 2021/22 studentship competition, a minimum of ten awards are available for Home fee status Black and Global Majority students with a place on an Arts and Humanities doctoral programme at the Open University, University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. A minimum of two of these studentships will be awarded to candidates who identify as Black or Mixed Black, Bangladeshi or Mixed Bangladeshi, and Pakistani or Mixed Pakistani, since these groups are disproportionately under-represented in doctoral study in the Humanities. This is a positive action initiative under the Equality Act 2010.

By taking this action, the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP hopes to increase the number and proportion of UK-resident Black and Global Majority students applying for doctoral study and AHRC studentship funding through the OU, Oxford and Cambridge during the lifetime of the DTP. The initiative builds on ongoing efforts to increase the number of postgraduate students from under-represented groups at all three of the partner universities.

For more information, please see the OOC DTP website