Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarships 2017, University of Manchester, UK

Publish Date: Dec 09, 2016

Deadline: Jan 03, 2017


  • Tuition fees paid plus annual maintenance grant of approximately £14,296 per annum as paid in 2016/17.

Academic eligibility

Candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second class level, from a UK academic institution. Applicants for +3 awards should normally possess or be studying for a Master’s degree. In the majority of cases, candidates will have undertaken an undergraduate course and Masters course at a recognised UK higher education institution. However, some may have qualifications from outside the UK, or be able to offer a combination of qualifications and/or experience. In both cases, it will be necessary to ascertain whether these qualifications can be equated to an honours degree, and at what level.

Residential eligibility

Candidates must have a relevant connection with the UK in order to qualify for a full award. This includes candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application and resident for this 3-year period for reasons other than education. Also candidates that have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. 

Candidates from EU countries other than the UK are now eligible for full awards maintenance and tuition fees if they have been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of their programme. Candidates from EU countries who have not resided in the UK for three years prior to the start of their programme will be eligible for a fees-only award. 

Deadline for applications:  3 January, 2017

Further information

The School of Law is able to nominate applications for the following Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Studentships schemes from prospective PhD students: 

1+3 Scheme (One Year Master’s + Three Years Doctoral Study)
This scheme will provide support for students undertaking an eligible Master’s programme which focuses on advanced study and research training explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level, who will then progress to a doctoral programme. Please refer to Application Guidance, sub-section 9. 

+2 Scheme (Two years Doctoral Study – For current first year students only)
This scheme will provide support for up to two years of full time study, or four years of part-time study for students who are currently registered onto the first year of a programme leading the award of a doctoral degree. Students in their second or third year will not be eligible for funding. 

+3 Scheme (Three years Doctoral Study)
This scheme will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. 

Students wishing to be considered for Research Council funding should apply for either an AHRC Studentship or an ESRC Studentship (see below). Candidates wanting to conduct research in traditional legal subject areas or in healthcare ethics/bioethics should apply for an AHRC Studentship, whereas those candidates wishing to conduct criminological or socio-legal research should apply for an ESRC Studentship. The two Research Councils offer the following statement for further clarification: AHRC supports research into the content, procedures, theory, philosophy and history of the law. This includes studies of legal systems and legislation in all periods of history and in all parts of the world. ESRCsupports socio-legal studies, which are concerned with the social, political and economic influences on and impact of the law and the legal system. 

How to apply

To apply for an AHRC award, candidates must have applied for a place on a research programme at the School of Law by the 3 of January 2017 at the very latest. 

Be aware especially that for this application, you need to include a research proposal of 1,500 words (you should already have submitted a proposal of 2,000 words for your PhD application, so what you include in the application for the AHRC Studentship will need to be a truncated version of this). 

Funding applications must be received by the School of Law by 5pm, 3 January 2017 in order to be considered. Funding applications along with references and transcripts should be emailed to by the deadline. 

The funding application form, accompanying guidelines and list of contacts for each institution are available to download from the links below.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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