Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Eligibility
    Please check the Arts and Humanities Research Council guidelines before applying for one of these publicly funded studentships. This is particularly important if you are considering part-time study or if you are not British. There are various different regulations depending on how long you have lived in the UK and in what capacity, and regarding EU status. Most students resident in member states of the EU who are not based in the UK will only be eligible for fees-only awards rather than a stipend and fees. There are no studentships available for people of a nationality and residency based outside of the EU. We often get queries from students from Switzerland; fee status has to be assessed by a status form.  Please check:, particularly pages 11 and 12, for eligibility rules regarding residency and part-time studentships. If you require a Tier 4 visa, your first language is not English or your first degree was not taught in English you may be required to take the International English Language Testing System test, and achieve a standard of 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in each skill.
  2. Qualifications
    It is not a problem if you have been awarded your Bachelors and/or Masters degree a while ago. We will not discount applications for this reason.  We will consider applicants who do not possess a Masters degree in cases where a professional qualification and relevant professional experience is detailed within the application. We will also consider applicants who have not yet been awarded a masters degree, but one reference should be from your supervisor and indicate your predicted grades.
  3. Supervision
    It is not necessary to indicate a potential supervisor within your application. However, if you wish to indicate people who you think are particularly able to supervise your project please integrate this into your project proposal. Within the seven universities we have a vast range of potential supervisors. Many of them are listed on each of the universities’ Heritage Research webpages. There are quick links to these university pages from the logos and hyperlinks on the home page of this website or from the About Us section.
  4. Placements
    It is not essential to indicate where you think your placement may be as this will involve negotiations if you are successful in being offered a place. However, you may indicate possibilities and we will discuss your ideas if you are invited for an interview. We have over 70 partners and are willing to build new working relationships if appropriate and heritage organisations are willing.
  5. Previous Applicants
    If you applied last year and were unsuccessful you are welcome to apply again, but there should be a substantial change within your application, such as a new or recently completed qualification, or a significantly different research proposal.
  6. Part-time Awards
    Part-time studentships are available: please indicate your wish to study part-time by filling in the appropriate section of the application form.
  7. Stipend Rates
    Heritage Consortium studentships include tuition fees, plus a stipend at RCUK rates.  The stipend changes annually in line with inflation, but as a guide the award rate for 2015-6 can be found here.