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About the Programme

Qualification type: Professional Doctorate in Heritage (DHeritage)

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding for: Must be a permanent resident in the UK

Funding Amount: Full tuition fee waiver for six years and an annual study allowance of £500

Application closing date: 7 June 2021

Expected start: 5 October 2021

Project outline

The University of Hertfordshire's School of Humanities and School of Creative Arts are committed to widening access to higher education.

To encourage heritage professionals to consider studying for a doctorate in heritage, we are inviting applications from UK-based students working in the heritage sector, broadly defined, for a six-year, part-time bursary which will cover University fees and provide a £500 annual study allowance.

There are many ways to increase diversity in research careers, and we strongly encourage applications from people for whom the cost of fees would otherwise be a barrier, including those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education, people who are the first in their family to study at university and those who identify with additional protected characteristics.

The fees-only bursary is divided into two parts. The first three years of the fees-only bursary are subject to successful assessment at the registration assessment point, eight months after enrolment. The second three years of fees-only bursary are subject to successful assessment at Doctoral Review, within 40 months of enrolment.

Areas of supervisory expertise

DHeritage draws on supervisory expertise from across the University, and we are in principle open to applications on any topic in heritage.

Find out more information about DHeritage, the Professional Doctorate in Heritage.

Essential criteria

To apply for this studentship, you must:

  • be permanently resident in the UK
  • hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master's degree, in a relevant discipline
  • be able to demonstrate at least five years professional experience in the heritage sector, broadly defined.

Application process

Application is via email to: - please indicate that you wish to be considered for the DHeritage fees-only bursary in the subject line of your email and on your application form.

Applicants must submit:

  • a completed application form (PDF - 0.25 Mb)
  • a 2000-word research proposal (a guide to assist you is available from the Programme Director, contact details below)
  • two academic references
  • copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • a copy of your passport
  • certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

For enquiries regarding research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire and this application process, please email Ms Lynette Spelman (

For enquiries concerning these studentships please email Professor Dr Grace Lees-Maffei, Programme Director for DHeritage (

Find out more about Dr Grace Lees-Maffei and the programme.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. Some projects, which are funded by charities or by the universities themselves may have more stringent restrictions.
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