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PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)
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Open University/AHRC PhD Studentships
Closing Date: 
8 January, 2020 - 12:00

The Open University is pleased to offer Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding through the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (OOC DTP). The DTP is a consortium of three universities underpinned by world-class research and training environments, supported by strategic partnerships with the BBC World Service, the National Trust and British Telecom.

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP will be awarding more than 385 AHRC-funded PhD studentships over a five-year period and up to 77 studentships (part-time or full-time) are available across the consortium for October 2020 entry. AHRC PhD studentships are available to UK citizens via the Open University across all three AHRC subject classifications: ‘Histories, Cultures and Heritage’, ‘Creative and Performing Arts’, and ‘Languages and Literature’. Full details of eligible subject areas are in the Further Particulars (see below).  EU nationals who are resident in the UK are advised to consult AHRC guidelines on eligibility prior to application.

Awards for UK residents cover all tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant at the standard RCUK rate (£15,009 p.a. in 2019/20). Awards for EU citizens who are ordinarily resident in the UK, if eligible, are fees-only.

The Open University is internationally recognized for innovative research across the Arts and Humanities. We host a number of major AHRC- and ESRC-funded research projects.  We have a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary work, to national and international public engagement, and to creative partnerships with a range of non-university partners.

How to apply

  • Download the full Further Particulars here. This contains a full list of academic contacts for enquiries pertaining to all subject areas.

  • For general enquiries concerning doctoral study at The Open University, please contact Dr Sara Haslam, Director of Research Degrees, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

  • For general enquiries related to the Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP, please contact Professor Paul Lawrence, Deputy Director, Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP (

  • Completed application forms, together with a Research Proposal and a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying must be sent to

  • Application forms are available from

  • The closing date for applications is noon GMT on Wednesday 08th January 2020.


We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Equal Opportunity is University policy

Job related information: 
PDF icon Further Particulars - Revised.pdf174.61 KB

Terms and Conditions (None Attached)

These roles are covered by various terms and conditions and will be made available to successful candidates

Posting Date: 
12 September, 2019 - 12:00