Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (Potential Funding Opportunity)
Reference Number: R227
Please note: AHRC funding is awarded directly to universities and not to students. AHRC studentship opportunities available at Cardiff University will be listed individually in the Funding and Scholarship Search database as they become available. General information on AHRC funding programmes is provided below.
Background information: The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is one of the seven UK Research Councils and funds research and postgraduate training in subjects within its remit, which are grouped according to eight subject panels:
- Panel 1: Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
- Panel 2: Visual Arts and Media: Practice, history and theory
- Panel 3: English Language and Literature
- Panel 4: Medieval and Modern History
- Panel 5: Modern Languages and Linguistics
- Panel 6: Librarianship, Information and Museum Studies
- Panel 7: Music and Performing Arts
- Panel 8: Philosophy, Law and Religious Studies
- The Council endeavours to be as liberal as possible in the interpretation of its subject domain
- Some of these subject areas will overlap with the remits of other research councils
- For further information, please refer to the AHRC website
Allocation of Funding
As of October 2009, the AHRC has funded the majority of its postgraduate studentships through a Block Grant Partnership (or 'BGP'), which will be held by certain universities for a period of 5 years. Each BGP includes a number of studentship awards and these are advertised and administered by the individual university. Those universities that do not hold a BGP award will be eligible to enter postgraduate students into the Studentship Competition.
AHRC Postgraduate Studentships at Cardiff: 2009-2013
Cardiff University been successful in its application for a BGP, having provided evidence of "excellent training and supervision" for students. Cardiff University is thus able to offer AHRC postgraduate studentships via the Block Grant Partnership for five years from October 2009.
Available Studentships by Subject - 2013 Entry
The spread of Cardiff's AHRC awards for 2013/14 across Humanities subjects is as follows:
Classics and Ancient History
English Language and Literature
History of Art, Architecture and Design
Please note: the above list details studentships for 2013 entry. Available studentships for future years within the BGP award period (2009-2013) will be posted in advance of the relevant admissions cycle. Please note that the University can only nominate candidates for AHRC studentships offered via our Block Grant Partnership (BGP). We are not able to support applications for to the AHRC Studentship Competition, which is reserved for institutions which do not hold a BGP Award.
The deadline for applications is 1st February 2013 for all of the above listed subject areas.
Award Levels: AHRC studentships are usually either Fees-only Studentships (paying UK/EU Fees) or Full Studentships (paying UK/EU Fees plus a maintenance stipend). Stipend levels will be detailed on individual studentship listings, but indicative levels are given below for each type of award.
Types of Studentship: Most AHRC awards fall into one of three funding competitions:
- Doctoral Competition: Provides support for a minimum of one year and up to three years of full-time study, or between two and five years of part-time study, leading to a doctoral degree. A full award includes tuition fees (UK/EU level) and a maintenance grant. The maintenance grant will meet the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend level set by the UK Research Councils – for 2013/14, the full-time stipend level is £13,590 p.a.
Please note: Individual AHRC studentship listings will specify the type of award available in each case.
Other Award Schemes: AHRC also offers a variety of specific and collaborative funding opportunities, which may apply to specific subject areas or projects at specific institutions. Any such funding opportunities available at Cardiff will be listed individually in the Funding and Scholarship Search. To read a full list of possible AHRC funding opportunities, please visit the AHRC website.
Academic Criteria: Candidates for AHRC studentships should have (or expect to obtain) a first or upper second class honours degree. All applicants must have been offered a place on an appropriate programme of study for which funding has been allocated. Nomination decisions are then made by the relevant Academic School.
Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.
EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees-only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course.
For further information, please see the AHRC's Guide to Student Eligibility which is available for download from the AHRC's Block Grant Partnerships Funding Opportunities webpage.
How to Apply
The AHRC does not make awards directly to students.
Any AHRC awards allocated to Cardiff University via the Block Grant Partnership will be listed individually in the Funding and Scholarship Search database following the announcement of allocations by the AHRC. Should the University not be awarded a BGP, this entry will be revised to reflect this and refer prospective candidates to the Studentships Competition.
Applicants who wish to be considered for an AHRC award must first apply for admission to the relevant postgraduate programme at Cardiff. You must have been offered admission to a postgraduate programme in order to be considered by the relevant Academic School for an AHRC award. You are therefore strongly advised to apply for your chosen programme of study as soon as possible, and to indicate on your application that you wish to be considered for any available AHRC awards.
Please see the relevant School website or the Course Finder database for details of our postgraduate programmes. Please also see the Apply Section of our website for details of how to apply for admission to a postgraduate programme.
Candidates for AHRC awards must then complete a separate application for AHRC funding - application forms can be accessed at www.cardiff.ac.uk/ahrcawards