AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships 2018-9 >

The Glasgow School of Art is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions in Scotland which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate doctoral studentships and training.

GSA Deadline: Monday 11 December 2017
Eligibility: You must have an offer of a place on our PhD programmes in order to apply for this studentship. While you can apply for a place on our PhD programme at any time, in order to apply for this specific funding stream you must have applied to GSA by this date at the very latest.

The studentships are being awarded as part of the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, which forms part of the wider Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH).

Further details of the Doctoral Training Partnership are available here:

Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of The Glasgow School of Art and the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects.

Postgraduate research candidates applying for admission to The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) may be eligible for a studentship from the AHRC. GSA has a vibrant research community reflecting the diverse expertise of its members and the disciplines it brings together. It encourages applications from applicants who have research interests aligning with (or across) GSA's five Schools:

  • The School of Fine Art
  • The School of Design
  • The School of Simulation and Visualisation
  • The Mackintosh School of Architecture
  • The Innovation School

Are you eligible?

Successful candidates will typically hold a relevant First Class Honours degree (such as BA, BMus, BSc, MA) and preferably a similar calibre of Masters degree (or equivalent relevant professional experience if you have been out of education for more than five years). There is further information on eligibility at:

If you have been ordinarily a resident in the UK for the three-year period preceding the start date of your proposed postgraduate programme, you may be eligible to apply for a full award, which pays your tuition fees and a maintenance grant.

If you are from a European Union country, other than the UK, and you have been resident in an EU country for a period of three years preceding the start of your proposed study, you may be eligible for a fees-only award, which pays your tuition fees, but does not provide a maintenance grant.

If you are resident neither in the UK nor in another EU country, you are not eligible to apply for an AHRC studentship.

The application process

Stage 1

To apply for the AHRC DTP Studentship, you must first apply for admission for an eligible PhD programme of study at GSA.  You must make your PhD programme application in full by 11 December 2017 at the very latest (the earlier the better).

Please ensure that all supporting documentation (e.g. research proposal, references, transcripts etc.) are uploaded with your application. It is also important that you make clear on your application that you intend to apply for AHRC DTP studentship. This will allow us to track the progress of your PhD application alongside your AHRC DTP studentship application and ensure these are processed in time for consideration within the tight selection timescale.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

AHRC DTP studentship applications that do not have a matching PhD programme application will not be considered.

Please note that GSA is closed between Friday 22 December 2017 to Thursday 4 January 2018. If you’d like to discuss your application with potential supervisors, or have any enquiries you wish to discuss with the PhD Co-ordinator in the School to which you are applying, please do so well before the Christmas closure.

Stage 2

Applicants must then complete and submit the AHRC studentship application form by email to Dr Susannah Thompson, Head of Doctoral Studies (s.thompson@gsa.ac.uk) by no later than Friday 5 January 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

The AHRC DTP studentship application form can be downloaded from the SGSAH website here.

Please refer to the AHRC DTP studentship application guidance and complete each section of the application form as instructed.

Please note that the Institutional Statement of Support and Nominating Member of Staff details are not required at this stage.

The GSA Selection Panel will meet in early January 2018 to select applications to go forward to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS) for approval to submit to the SGSAH for consideration.

Applicants will be notified by late January 2018 if they have been selected to go forward to the SGSAH AHRC studentship selection panels.

The SGSAH marking criteria for AHRC DTP Studentships will be used by the ECA Selection Panel. The Panel will rank the applications in relation to the criteria outlined in the AHRC DTP guidance on the SGSAH website http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/dtp/

Stage 3

If selected / shortlisted by GSA, you and your potential/proposed Primary PhD supervisor will be requested to work up the AHRC studentship application form and Institutional Statement of Support.

The AHRC studentship application must be submitted as an online version through the SGSAH Portal, along with 3 PDF documents - the Institutional Statement of Support, a copy of your conditional/unconditional PhD offer and the transcript(s) of your previous qualifications.

The SGSAH Portal will be open from 1-13 February 2018.

The final deadline for the final, formal application is 13 February 2018.

The SGSAH Panels will then consider the applications as per the review process outlined on their website. Final results will be announced by the SGSAH by early-mid April 2018.

Any questions?

Please contact Dr Susannah Thompson, Head of Doctoral Studies, if you have any questions about the application process.

If you have an academic enquiry please contact the relevant School PhD Co-ordinator for the programme for which you wish to apply:

The School of Fine Art - Dr. Nicky Bird - N.Bird@gsa.ac.uk

The School of Design - Dr. Thea Stevens - T.Stevens@gsa.ac.uk

The School of Simulation and Visualisation - Dr.Steve Love - S.Love@gsa.ac.uk

The Mackintosh School of Architecture - J.Rodger@gsa.ac.uk

The Innovation School - Dr. Lynn-Sayers McHattie - L.McHattie@gsa.ac.uk