(AHRC) PhD Studentships at Birkbeck

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD Studentships at Birkbeck

2024/25 entry funding available

Birkbeck is a member of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC PhD studentship applications are open for doctoral research across the full range of Arts and Humanities research at Birkbeck. Birkbeck is a research-intensive university based in central London with a community of over 500 research students. Our vibrant and intellectually challenging research environment is built upon 200 years of research excellence.

Deadlines for applications

In order to be considered for funding you must:

  • Apply for a place on a postgraduate research programme at Birkbeck by 5 January 2024
  • Submit a CHASE application form by 12 noon on Friday 26 January 2024

How to apply

Information about how to apply is available here.

Important: Contact your chosen school as soon as possible to discuss the PhD programme and funding application process, and to receive guidance.

(AHRC) PhD Studentships at Birkbeck


You can begin your doctoral research with an AHRC funded studentship in the following Birkbeck faculties:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication, including doctoral research in:

  • Creative writing
  • English literature and liberal arts
  • Film, media and journalism
  • Languages and linguistics
  • Performing arts and arts management

School of Historical Studies, including doctoral research in:

  • Art history
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • History
  • Museums and heritage
  • Philosophy

School of Social Sciences, including doctoral research in:

  • Criminology
  • Human geography
  • Politics
  • Psychosocial studies

Faculty of Business and Law

School of Law, including doctoral research in:

  • Law

(AHRC) PhD Studentships at Birkbeck

Value of funding

Awards are offered for 3 years (36 months) full time, with the opportunity to extend up to 4 years (48 months) to include necessary skills training, or to incorporate placement projects.

  • Study for free: tuition fees covered in full
  • A tax free stipend (£20,622 in 2023/24)
  • The studentships also provide opportunities for access to language training, field trips, placements and internships.


  • Applicants must meet the entry criteria for their chosen PhD programme
  • Home and International students may apply.

Widening participation

Applications encouraged from under-represented groups including people with disabilities, ethnic minorities (especially Black British), lower income families and mature students. A partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation supports at least two additional studentships a year for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates.