AHRC - How to Apply


  • Funding is only available for students who are UK or EU citizens, beginning a PhD at one of the six member universities in September 2018.
  • UK students are eligible for a ‘Full Award’.
  • EU students are generally eligible for a ‘Fees Only Award’.
    However, if you have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the beginning of your studies, you are eligible for a ‘Full Award’.

How much?

  • In 2017 students were awarded a stipend of £14,553. Stipend levels for 2018 are to be confirmed.

How long?

The normal maximum award tenure is three years (36 months) for full-time study and six years ( 72 months) for part-time study. These periods can be extended if you make a case to the AHRC – you can do this as part of your AHRC application.

Application process

There is an Application Writing Workshop at University of Leicester on Saturday 18 November 2017 13:00 - 16:00. Booking and details can be found on the Midlands 3 Cities website.

  • Complete the University of Leicester Application Form.  (NB If you apply for more than one studentship in the same department, please only submit one University application form, but indicate both projects/funding sources. If you are applying for projects in different departments, please complete separate University application forms for each project)

Under the funding section select Studentship and in the drop down select AHRC Midland3Cities.

In the References section include the name and address of your intended referees but DO NOT include your referee's email address - instead use pgradmissions@le.ac.uk as the email for both referees

Current PhD students

If you are already a PhD student at the University of Leicester, you can still apply for this AHRC funding provided that you have at least 12 months of research to complete (or 24 months for part-time students).

You should follow the application instructions above from point 2 onwards and quote your University of Leicester student number on your AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership application form.


  • Your referees should be someone who can comment on your academic work as well as your PhD potential. If you are studying an undergraduate degree or a Masters, then your tutor can act as a referee.
  • If you are currently a PhD student at the University of Leicester, one of your referees should be your supervisor.
  • If you are not currently studying, then an employer reference can be accepted.


  • You must have applied for your PhD and your AHRC funding by 15 January 2018
  • You must provide your two AHRC references by 15 January 2018.
  • Please note that you are responsible for ensuring that your AHRC references are sent to us by this date

Next steps

All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by their departments in January.

Selected applications will be put forward to the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership in February. They will assess all funding applications from the six universities in the scheme and will decide which students will receive awards.

All successful applicants will be notified by the end of march.

If you are unsuccessful

We hope that you will be successful in your application for funding, however your PhD offer from Leicester is not dependant on you receiving an AHRC award. You can fund your studies yourself or seek other forms of support including:

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