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AHRI Studentships 2016/2017

The Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) is pleased to offer two new postgraduate research studentships available for students undertaking interdisciplinary PhD projects in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London.

The successful applicants would be attached to one or more of the 12 Research Centres located in the AHRI, and/or to the Institute itself. The proposed project should be directly relevant to the work of the Centre(s) or Institute.

The AHRI is currently exploring the theme of 'World Service' and we would encourage studentship applications related to this project.

Applicants will be expected to have contacted a member of staff in the proposed host Centre(s) or Institute. (Lists of affiliated staff can be found on the web pages for each Centre, accessed via this page:

This may be the proposed supervisor. Alternatively, you may nominate as supervisor a member of staff not currently affiliated to an AHRI Centre. Successful applicants will be expected to play a full and active part in the work of the host Centre(s) or Institute (potentially contributing to administration as well as research and activities).

Subject to availability, these awards will cover:
  • Tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate
  • Annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend), £16,057 for 2016/17
  • The AHRI expects to make full awards (fees and maintenance) to students classified as EU for fees purposes.

Eligibility criteria
  • Open to residents of the United Kingdom (UK) or any member country of the European Union (EU).
  • Candidates should hold a first-class or a good upper-second class Honours degree or equivalent, and would normally be expected to hold a Masters degree at Distinction level or equivalent.
  • Funding is available to support study for a postgraduate degree at MPhil/PhD programme level and full time only.
  • Funding is only available to support interdisciplinary research within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.
  • Funding is normally only available to applicants liable to pay UK/EU fees. Your fee status - UK/EU/Overseas - is assessed by the King's College London admissions team, and will be shown in your admissions record/offer letter.
    Please note: EU students are eligible to apply for AHRI funding on exactly the same basis as UK students.
  • To be eligible for AHRI studentship in the forthcoming recruitment round you must either be:
    • applying to commence a programme of postgraduate study in the 2016/17 academic year, which starts in September/October 2016, 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 AHRI award, you will have at least 2 years of the period of study remaining (excluding the writing up period).
  • Awards cannot be deferred and selected candidates will be assumed to be starting their studies in September/October 2016.
  • Applicable subjects: All subjects represented by Arts & Humanities Departments or AHRI Research Centres.
  • Not eligible: Distance learning programmes and Joint PhD programmes
Application procedure

Before applying for an AHRI studentship you must either have applied to commence a programme of postgraduate study in the 2016/17 academic year, or be currently in the first year of a full-time MPhil/PhD programme (or second year part-time), at King's. 

You are advised to apply for your place of study well in advance of the application deadline for the AHRI studentships to ensure that you have the opportunity to consult with your proposed supervisor in preparing the AHRI studentship application. The AHRI strongly recommends that you apply for your place of study as soon as possible. 

Students wishing to apply for MPhil/PhD programmes at King’s College London MUST apply using our online admissions application portal ( 

For information about our range of research programme please visit the King's College London website at: and the AHRI Research Centres page at:

To apply for an AHRI studentship you need to complete a separate application form and email it to the AHRI by the 15 May. You will also need to ask your (prospective) supervisor to complete a supervisor's statement by the 19 May, referring them to the Guidance Notes for Supervisors available here. 

Studentship Competition Timeline
  • 21 March 2016 - Applications open
    Applications for PhD study will be submitted via our online application portal
  • 29 April 2016 – deadline for applications for PhD places, to be submitted via our online portal. Applications must be complete by this date, including references, transcripts and research proposal.
  • 15 May by Midnight (GMT) – deadline for separate AHRI Studentship funding application to be submitted via email to, on the form available here. In the interest of fairness, applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
  • Deadline for Supervisor Statement of Support: 19 May 2016
  • Offers to successful candidates: by end of June/beginning of July 2016.
  • Students to accept/decline the offer: within two weeks of the offer of award.
  • Award to begin: September/ October 2016


Contact details

For any questions relating to the AHRI studentships please email the AHRI office at

For queries about your application to King's College London, please email the Admissions Team here.

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