LAHP is a Doctoral Training Partnership co-funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with its eight Higher Education Institution (HEI) partners. LAHP funds up to 90 PhD studentships in subjects across the Arts & Humanities. Of these, 10% are Collaborative Doctoral Awards involving a cultural or other external partner. There are separate competitions for CDA and open studentships. These FAQs focus on the open studentship competition. See (https://www.lahp.ac.uk/collaborative-doctoral-awards/ ) for information about the CDA competition.

LAHP funds fees and stipends for ‘Home’ students (£4,486 fees and £17,560 stipend for 2021-22). From October 2021 entry, LAHP can award up to 30% of its studentships (including stipend) to ‘International’ (including EU) students (Please refer to ‘Can international students apply for LAHP funding?). Funding is for three years’ full-time study or six years’ part-time study. Students can apply for an extension of up to six months for a placement or extended training. Students can also apply for funding to support research and training; impact, engagement and entrepreneurship; and student-led activities.

LAHP supports funded students through its training programme, which includes:

  • Language courses
  • Introductions to archives and collections
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Communication skills, including public engagement and public speaking
  • Writing retreats
  • Resilience and coping with stress
  • Academic and non-academic career development
  • Lectures and workshops on relevant topics


LAHP students have the opportunity to go on placements with cultural or other partners (https://www.lahp.ac.uk/placement-scheme-case-studies/ )and can apply for up to 6 months of extension funding to support placements or extended training.

LAHP welcomes applications:

  • From ‘home’ and ‘international’ (including EU) applicants (see below);
  • Across all of LAHP’s subject areas and approaches in the arts & humanities, 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

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 (https://www.ukri.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/UKRI-121020-Guidance-International-Eligibility-Implementation-training-grant-holders.pdf ).

An important element of the work of LAHP is the provision of training and cohort development events. These are normally provided in London venues, often with our non-HEI cultural partners, including museums. Involvement with London is a key theme of LAHP’s activities. For these reasons we require LAHP students to be based in London, and do not offer funding to distance-learning students.

LAHP will be funding a MINIMUM number of studentships to UK Black and Global Majority students in its open studentship competition for entry in October 2021. Further details will be available soon.

LAHP welcomes applications from those who have completed a relevant Masters degree, those who are in the final year of their Masters degree, and those who have relevant professional and/or practitioner experience equivalent to a Masters degree.

No, but you must have submitted an application for a place on your chosen PhD programme and have selected your potential supervisor/supervisors. You MUST have applied for your place of study at your chosen institution before the application deadline of 29 January 2021. (Please note application deadlines for individual institutions might be different. Please check directly with your own institution.)

Students must be in receipt of an offer on their chosen PhD programme by mid-March.

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 2020), you will have at least 50% of the period of study remaining (excluding the writing-up period).

You should only submit ONE application to LAHP for a studentship.  Although you may apply to more than one partner institution for research study, you must decide which of your chosen PhD programmes you will name on your LAHP application. The first named supervisor on your LAHP application must be from this partner institution. As part of the application, we will ask for these details and also the name of your proposed supervisor. You may wish to consider joint supervision between LAHP partners (see below).

Yes, but you must be registered for your PhD at one of LAHP’s partner HEIs and your main supervisor must be employed there: King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, School of Advanced Study or University College London. Second supervisors may be drawn from other academic organisations and cultural and business institutions, and in some instances may be based in other universities. However, this must be in line with the academic regulations regarding supervision at your home institution.

LAHP supports a number of supervisory arrangements, including first + second supervisor or joint supervision within a single HEI / subject area or across different HEIs / subject areas. It is important that the supervisory team are well-suited to support the proposed research. Please discuss the supervisory arrangements with your prospective first-named supervisor at an early stage as you develop your application.

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your supervisor has submitted the statement of support to the LAHP Office on info.lahp@london.ac.uk by 5 February 2021 at 5pm.

LAHP funding is available for approved joint doctorates with a LAHP partner and external institutions. This is on the condition you meet the AHRC eligibility criteria, and that the external institution provides the same levels of support and resources as a UK institution. The ‘home’ institution for the doctorate must be one of the LAHP partners and to be eligible for funding you must be registered at either a LAHP partner as the home institution.

LAHP funding is available from the second year of MPhilStud study, with the potential for a further 2 years of PhD funding. If you are applying for funding for the second year of your MPhilStud, you will not have to reapply for the two years of your PhD study, provided you proceed onto the PhD through passing the MPhilStud. LAHP funding is not available for the first year of an MPhilStud.

In this section you should indicate the student number you received from the HEI where you are applying for a place on a PhD programme. 

No, but you can withdraw your application and resubmit it to make changes as long as the final application is submitted before the deadline (29 January 2021 at 5pm).

No. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time to prepare and submit your application before the deadline.

When a candidate has already completed a PhD, they are eligible to apply for LAHP funding towards a second PhD. However, as with all applicants, the candidate would need to make a strong case in their application as to why they want to undertake a further PhD and would need to compete in open competition against all other candidates. Previous AHRC funding or a non-AHRC PhD may be taken into consideration in their assessment in terms of prioritisation.

Where the LAHP application form refers to Practice-led research, it also covers Practice-based research. Definitions of these are given below, taken from Linda Candy, Practice Based Research: A Guide (2006): https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257944497_Practice_Based_Research_A_Guide

Practice-based Research is an original investigation undertaken in order to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice. In a doctoral thesis, claims of originality and contribution to knowledge may be demonstrated through creative outcomes in the form of designs, music, digital media, performances and exhibitions. Whilst the significance and context of the claims are described in words, a full understanding can only be obtained with direct reference to the outcomes.

Practice-led Research is concerned with the nature of practice and leads to new knowledge that has operational significance for that practice. (E.g. a dancer or carpenter could inquire into the metaphorical agency of a certain aspect of choreography/carpentry, or the psychological and therapeutic potential of those skills.) In a doctoral thesis, the results of practice-led research may be fully described in text form without the inclusion of a creative work. The primary focus of the research is to advance knowledge about practice, or to advance knowledge within practice. Such research includes practice as an integral part of its method and often falls within the general area of action research.

For additional sources of funding available outside of LAHP please consult your HEI and/or refer to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding here.

Currently all LAHP HEIs other than the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RSCCD) subscribe to this guide.

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.

 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. 


Further questions? Please contact us at info.lahp@london.ac.uk