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2023 WRoCAH AHRC Open Competition Studentships

Looking for PhD funding in Arts & Humanities?

The WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2023 is now open!

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. The College is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  

WRoCAH has around 45 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition.

WRoCAH remains committed to increasing the diversity of our student cohort. For this reason and following the direction of the WRoCAH Executive Board, we are seeking to allocate a minimum of two studentships for Black British applicants in the 2023 recruitment cycle, as Black British students are currently underrepresented among WRoCAH students. Applicants will only be considered under this process if they request consideration. Applicants who do wish to be considered for one of these studentships need to check the box on the application form to indicate that they are eligible and wish to be included for consideration.

Students can make one application for funding through the open competition at either Leeds, Sheffield or York. Projects are welcome from all departments, not just Arts & Humanities, so long as the research falls within the remit of the AHRC.

The studentship application form and the Guidance Notes for Applicants are available from the WRoCAH website.


To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

The final closing deadline for ALL funding applications is 5pm GMT on Wednesday, 25th January 2023