Frequently Asked Questions


Whilst you are free to apply for admission to study at any (or all three) of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP consortium institutions, you must decide in advance to which one you would like to apply for AHRC funding. You will not be able to transfer your application to another institution within the consortium following submission. Please follow the funding application procedure of the chosen institution.

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP is one of 10 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training partnerships in the UK. (A list of these partnerships is available on the AHRC website). You may choose to apply for funding to several of these doctoral training partnerships (DTPs). If you are offered an AHRC studentship by more than one DTP however, you must choose which one to accept and are asked to decline the other offer(s).

Please see the further guidance section of the website for information on the OOC DTP review process and selection criteria.

The government has announced that EU nationals will remain eligible for research council studentships for the 2020/21 academic year on the same basis as is available at present (04 July 2019).

EU students ordinarily resident in the EU/EEA are eligible for a "fees-only" award (university fees).

If you have already commenced doctoral study at one of the consortium institutions, you are eligible to apply for funding provided that, at the start of the AHRC award, you will have not have completed more than 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time study. Full-time students who commenced their first year of study in October 2019 are therefore eligible to apply.

Please see the application processes under the ‘Applying for funding as a current student' section.

Beyond the 2018/19 academic year, the AHRC no longer supports master’s studentships. Only those applying for a programme of doctoral study are eligible to apply to the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP for studentship funding.

See the webpage on eligibility for further information.


If your application for DTP funding is successful, you will receive an offer letter from the OOC DTP from early April 2020. Further offers will be made as reserve places become available.

Update 26 March 2020

Unfortunately in recent weeks there has been some disruption to OOC DTP business owing to Covid-19. This has delayed the 2019-20 selection process. Currently, we are aiming to get offers out in the week commencing 6 April, a week later than originally anticipated.

Due to the volume of applications, unsuccessful applicants are not notified on the outcome of their application.

It will not be possible to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates at any level of the competition.

Some Cambridge and Oxford studentships are co-funded by specific colleges. The award may involve changing colleges from your initial preference. Please note that if you are offered a college-shared award that involves changing colleges, the offer is dependent on you agreeing to move colleges.

If you are offered a college-shared award, your acceptance will be taken as confirmation that you have agreed to change college. Following your acceptance, your home university will arrange for the necessary processes to be undertaken to confirm your change of college.

It is possible to change status (e.g. from full to part-time study) once during the studentship. We recognise that life circumstances may change during the research project, and try to support our doctoral researchers as far as possible.

No, but it may be available in individual cases where this would specifically benefit your research project.


Home UK settled (and equivalent) students are eligible for a full studentship: university fees plus a maintenance stipend set according to UKRI indicative level. The funding level changes on a yearly basis following inflation rate. Please visit the UKRI website for the most up-to-date figures.

EU students ordinarily resident in the EU /EEA are eligible for a "fees-only" award (university fees).

Non-UK European nationals can apply for funding through the universities’ other funding schemes as part of the application for admissions (funding section) through the applicant portals at Oxford and Cambridge.

The funding is exclusive in the sense that you cannot hold another studentship award offering fees and stipend at the same time. However you are not prevented from seeking other funding sources to support research or personal development activities; if these cover living expenses, your OOC DTP funding can be interrupted.