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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership


Research Support Training Grants/Student Development Funding (RTSG/SDF)


AHRC students can apply for funds from the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) to enable them to undertake overseas and UK study visits, attend conferences, and to cover other primary research costs (e.g. consumables or artist materials). All AHRC funded doctoral students are eligible to apply for these funds, apart from those who are writing up. However, students who have already received one allocation from RTSG funds will not normally be funded again.


Cambridge AHRC DTP students can apply for funds from the Student Development Fund (SDF). This funding is primarily available to extend the duration of PhD study flexibly and responsively – i.e. to support an appropriate range of training for individual AHRC-funded students according to their individual needs. This may include: Study Visits; Placements; International Placements; Skills Development; High Cost training; attendance at conferences. For more information, see the Cambridge AHRC DTP guide.

Students should discuss their initial training needs with the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Facilitator, Alistair Swiffen (

Application process

Applications for both the RTSG and SDF should be made via the Student Registry.

The application form for SDF is available here.

The application form for RTSG is available here

Please note that you should also apply to all other sources of funding (such as Faculty/Departmental fieldwork funds), and that full funding may not be provided solely from AHRC funds.

Applications for the RTSG and the SDF are reviewed by a committee comprising members of the Schools of Arts and Humanities and Humanities and Social Sciences.


There are three competitions a year for additional allowances. Please see the Student Registry website for further information.


Applicants will be notified of results within one month of the closing date.

Funds awarded are paid directly into students' bank accounts.