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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership



All Home and EU applicants are eligible to apply as long as they meet the following criteria:

1. Residential criteria

Full award Fees-only award
To be eligible for a full award a student must have no restriction on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship.

Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in amember state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in theUK.

Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.


2. Academic criteria

For a Doctoral award For a Master’s award

A student should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification. Where a student is studying for a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification, they should have met all the course requirements prior to the start date of their AHRC doctoral studentship.

If a student does not have experience of formal postgraduate study, they may be eligible for a studentship only if they can demonstrate evidence of sustained experience beyond undergraduate degree level that is specifically relevant to their proposed research topic, and could be considered equivalent to Master’s study.

A student should have gained an Honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from a recognised RO, or be an undergraduate expecting to graduate prior to the studentship being taken up.

Students without an undergraduate degree may be considered for an AHRC studentship only if they are able to demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study.

Note: For academic eligibility please check the admission criteria of your course.


3. Subject criteria

Your topic must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC,

For the application and funding deadlines for both Doctoral and Master’s studies, please follow the Funding pages of the Graduate Applicant Portal.


Application Process

For Doctoral Awards

Applications for 2018 admission are now open. All applicants should follow the University’s standard admission process. Please go to our Graduate Applicant Portal to find out more (including application deadlines), and to start your application.

  1. New and continuing students: You must complete the AHRC section under “Scholarships” on the Graduate Applicant Portal.
  2. Current PhD students: You should complete the 'AHRC application form' (AHRC word application; AHRC PDF application) and send it to theScholarship Administrator at by the same funding deadline. Two references are required, one of which should be from your current supervisor.

Applicants for the doctoral award must upload a Research Proposal required for course application.

In case your course does not request a research proposal a separate document should be uploaded along your main application considering the below guidelines (in 500 words):

  •   the research problem or question and why it matters in terms of the research context
  •   your reasons and purposes for undertaking this project
  •   your preparation and previous experience
  •   the approach to be taken and how sources are to be used
  •   an outline timetable for completion
  •   your training needs
  •   any ethical issues related to your research project.

If you have already begun your doctoral study, please remember to refer to the research you have undertaken to date.

If you are applying for doctoral funding for a third time, you must also include justification for this further application.


For Master’s Awards:

Complete your application for admission through the Graduate Applicant Portal. Eligible applicants will be considered automatically for the competition.

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