How to apply for an open studentship - LAHP (2022)

How to Apply for a LAHP Studentship (2022-23 entry)

Applications for 2022/23 entry are now closed.

LAHP is a Doctoral Training Partnership co-funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and eight Higher Education Institution (HEI) partners:

LAHP funds up to 90 PhD studentships each year at these HEIs in subjects across the Arts & Humanities. Of these studentships, 10% are Collaborative Doctoral Awards with a cultural or other external partner. There are separate competitions for CDA and open studentships.

The information and FAQs on this page focus on the open studentship competition. See here for information about the CDA competition.

Please read the information and FAQs on this page as you prepare your application. There is also an FAQ section for supervisors available here.

Information sessions

There will be 3 information sessions taking place on the following dates:

Tuesday the 9th November 2021 4-5pm

Tuesday the 23rd November 2021 2-3pm

Tuesday the 7th December 2021 11-12pm

Places can be booked using the following link: Information session registration

A recording of the session that took place on the 23rd November is available here

Application form

Applications are now open for the LAHP Open studentship competition.

Applications are made here via the LAHP application portal

A word version of the application form is available here. Please note that all applications must still be submitted via the portal by the 28th January 2022 at 5pm, including the supervisor statement section which must be completed by your supervisor.

Student eligibility

LAHP welcomes applications:

  • From ‘home’ and ‘international’ (including EU) applicants (Please refer to ‘International Students‘);
  • Across all of LAHP’s subject areas and approaches in the arts & humanities, including for inter-disciplinary and practice-based research;
  • From applicants who have completed the required qualifications to be eligible for your chosen doctoral programme (e.g. a Masters degree) and those with relevant professional and/or practitioner experience;
  • From those wishing to study on a full-time or part-time basis;
  • From applicants of all ages and backgrounds.

To be eligible for a LAHP open studentship in the forthcoming recruitment round you must either:

  • Have submitted an application to commence a programme of postgraduate study at a LAHP partner institution in the 2021/22 academic year (i.e. to start in October 2022), or
  • If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may apply for funding for the remainder of your study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award (1st October 2022), you will have at least 50% of the period of study remaining (excluding the ‘writing-up period’).

Funding is available for both full-time and part-time students. Awards cannot normally be deferred. Successful candidates will be assumed to be starting their studies in October 2022 unless there are exceptional circumstances approved by LAHP and your Research institution.

LAHP Black and Global Majority studentships

Structural inequalities in education have resulted in the under-representation of Black and Global Majority doctoral students. LAHP is committed to increasing the number of awards made to British Black and Global Majority doctoral students. A minimum of five studentships across LAHP’s open competition will be awarded to Home status Black and Global Majority students for entry in October 2022. The award of these studentships will be confirmed by LAHP’s Studentship Award Panel.

Students who identify as People of Colour, BAME and/or part of Black and Global Majority racial and ethnic groups will be eligible to be considered for one of these studentships. We aim to award a minimum of three of these studentships to Black British students (Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British) because these students are disproportionately under-represented at LAHP.

All students should apply to LAHP’s open competition in the normal way. There will be a tickbox to indicate your eligibility to be considered for one of these studentships.

We welcome applications for all studentships:

  • across all of LAHP’s subject areas and approaches, including for inter-disciplinary and practice-based research;
  • from those who have recently completed their Masters’ programmes and those with relevant professional and/or practitioner experience;
  • from those wishing to study on a full- or part-time basis;
  • from applicants of all ages and backgrounds.

International students

From October 2021, LAHP can award up to 30% of its studentships (including stipend) to international students. The AHRC will only fund the Home fee. The difference between the Home and International fee must be found elsewhere, e.g. from the HEI, an external funder or student contribution. Applicants should discuss this further with their prospective supervisors.

LAHP encourages all international applicants to apply to other funding sources that could cover the difference between the Home and International fee.

Please refer to the UKRI eligibility criteria for further information about ‘Home’ and ‘International’ fee status .


The deadline for applications is 28th January 2022 at 5pm. Late applications cannot be accepted, so please ensure that you allow sufficient time to prepare your application and for your first named supervisor to complete the ‘Supervisor statement.’ You will only be able to submit your application if your supervisor has completed the ‘Supervisor statement’ via the online portal.

Studentship competition timeline

  • 29 November 2021 – Applications open via the LAHP application portal. Applicants MUST have submitted an application for PhD study at one LAHP partner institution before the application deadline (please note application deadlines for individual institutions might be different. Please check directly with your own institution).
  • 28th January 2022 at 5pm – Please note this new deadline for applications, which must now include the Supervisor statement. It is the responsibility of applicants to notify their first named supervisor via the online portal in sufficient time before the deadline so that they can complete the Supervisor statement. Applications will be incomplete and cannot be submitted without the Supervisor statement. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
  • By mid-March 2022 – Students must be in receipt of an offer on their chosen PhD programme at a LAHP partner institution (LAHP conducts these checks directly with the HEI Admissions Offices)
  • Early May 2022 (originally 30th April 2022, delayed due to UCU strike action) – Offers of LAHP awards to successful candidates.
  • Within two weeks of the offer of a LAHP award – students to accept/decline the LAHP offer.
  • 1st October 2022 – Studentships to begin.

Before you apply

Before applying for a LAHP open studentship you must have applied to commence a programme of postgraduate study in the 2022/23 academic year at one of LAHP’s partner institutions. You are advised to apply for your place of study well in advance of the LAHP application deadline to ensure that you have time to discuss your application with your proposed supervisor.

After submitting an application for a programme of postgraduate study at your chosen LAHP institution, you will receive an application ID number from the institution. Question 1 of the LAHP application form asks you to provide this ID number. If you have already commenced doctoral study, please enter your existing student ID number.

Applications for joint-funded studentships

If your project crosses the remit of the AHRC and another UKRI Research Council, it is possible for you to apply to both LAHP and another DTP funded by a different Research Council. Note that LAHP does not forward your application to other DTPs for consideration. You must apply separately to each DTP. If you are successful in both the LAHP competition and that of the other DTP, AND you are applying through a university that is a member of both DTPs, LAHP may approach the other DTP to discuss possible joint funding of your studentship.

You would need to be successful in both the LAHP competition and the other DTP competition in order to be considered for a joint studentship. Joint funding would not affect the value of your stipend. You would be registered in the institution of your first supervisor, receive a degree from that institution and be subject to its regulations. One DTP would be identified as your ‘home’ DTP for administrative purposes, but you would be a member of both DTPs and have full access to their training and events programmes.

Assessment criteria

Applications are assessed against clear criteria (Assessment Criteria). Scoring will be based on:

  • Quality of the research proposal (worth 50%): significance, originality and clarity of the research proposal; underpinning ideas, aims and research questions; research design, methodology and/or sources; suitability of the proposal for doctoral research; dissemination and potential impact of the research.
  • Preparedness of the student (worth 25%): previous academic achievements in relevant subject areas and/or relevant professional / practitioner experience (particularly for applicants with non standard academic trajectories); relevant knowledge, skills and/or training – and identification of training needs
    for proposed research.
  • Feasibility of proposed research (worth 25%): likely completion within the timeframe; identification of training needs; justification of fieldwork and study visits; synergy with proposed supervisors’ research and wider intellectual culture of the department, HEI and LAHP.

The Assessment process

There is a three-stage assessment process (assessment process – visual representation):

  • Stage 1: applications will be assigned to one of 22 Subject Area Groups (SAGs). The SAG members are from each of LAHP’s HEIs that accepts PhD students in that subject area. Each SAG agrees a ranked list of applications to forward to the next stage of the competition.
  • Stage 2: the ranked lists of applications from each SAG will be assessed by one of four Disciplinary Clusters (DCs). The chair from each SAG will sit on one DC. The DCs are chaired by LAHP’s Director and Deputy Director (Training & Cohort Development). Each DC agrees a ranked list of applications to forward to the next stage of the competition.
  • Stage 3: ranked lists of applications from each DC will be assessed by the Studentship Award Panel (SAP). The academic members from LAHP’s Core Management Group (from each of its eight HEI partners) sit on SAP. SAP is chaired by LAHP’s Director. SAP will confirm the award of a minimum number of Black and Global Majority studentships.
    Please note that applications will be read by subject specialists in Stage 1, and then by assessors across a range of subject areas. It is important to frame your research proposal in a way that conveys its quality and originality both to subject specialists and those across different subject areas in the arts and humanities.

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