AHRC Frequently Asked Questions

Applications for AHRC funding at the University of Birmingham: September 2014 entry. 

Please note that applications for funding in 2014/15 have now closed. Information will be updated when available for 2015 entry. 

FAQs for applicants

Q: If I want to apply for AHRC funding at University of Birmingham, do I apply to University of Birmingham or the Midlands 3 Cities Consortium?

A: You should apply to University of Birmingham completing the AHRC application form (downloadable at www.birmingham.ac.uk/ahrc-funding) and submit to ahrcapplications@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

Q: Can I apply for AHRC funding if I have not yet received an offer for a place to study at University of Birmingham?

A: Yes – you can apply in advance of receiving an offer on your application for a place to study. However you must have submitted an application to study to University of Birmingham (find and apply for a programme of study) by 9 January 2014 and have submitted your application for AHRC funding to ahrcapplications@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 9 January 2014. Your programme of study offer will then be ‘fastracked’ and an offer must be made to you by 3 February 2014 for you to be considered for AHRC funding. You will only be eligible to be considered for AHRC funding if you are receipt of an offer from University of Birmingham.

Q: Two references are needed for the AHRC funding application and the University of Birmingham programme of study application. Can I use the same references?

A: Yes, you can use the same references for both but, in order for the references to be accepted by the AHRC process, the references must be on the AHRC form (downloadable at www.birmingham.ac.uk/ahrc-funding). These references must be submitted by you or your referees to ahrcapplications@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 14 January 2014. 

Q: Do I need to submit evidence of my qualifications with my AHRC funding application? 

A: There is space on the AHRC application form for you to indicate your qualifications. For your University of Birmingham programme of study application, you must upload any evidence of qualifications (e.g. transcripts etc) for your application to be considered and for an offer of a place to study to made to you. You will only be eligible to be considered for AHRC funding if you are receipt of an offer from University of Birmingham. 

Q: When will I hear if my AHRC funding application has been successful?

A:  The Midlands 3 Cities Consortium will make decisions on applications between February and March 2014. You should expect to hear a final outcome no later than the end of March 2014.

Q:  Can I apply for AHRC funding if I want to start my PhD at University of Birmingham in January 2015 or part way through the academic year?

A: No – the AHRC funding is only available for September/October 2014 start.

Q: I am an EU, but not UK, student. What funding am I eligible for?

A: EU students, unless they have been permanently resident in the UK for the 3 years prior to the start of their studentship, are normally awarded a fees only studentship, in line with Research Council rules. However, in the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, we are currently looking at ways in which a stipend could be provided from Institutional funds to enable us to offer a fully-funded studentship to EU applicants. This is not guaranteed, as it is dependent on funds available, but where possible it is what the Doctoral Training Partnership is aiming to provide. 

You should submit an application as normal - if successful, you will be able to choose whether to accept the place, depending on the level of funding offered. 

Q: I am a current University of Birmingham PhD student looking to apply for funding – am I eligible?

A: Current students are able to and are encouraged to apply, providing you have at least one full year's study remaining from the start of the funding period in September 2014. Please note that the period referred to as 'writing up', at the end of your PhD study, is not eligible for this funding. 

Q: If I am a current student, do I need to submit references for my funding application?

A: Yes, you are still required to submit two references. Your referees must complete the AHRC referee form and submit to ahrcapplications@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 14 January 2014.

Useful contact details

All General AHRC enquires

Email: ahrc@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5005

All AHRC funding application enquiries

Email: ahrcapplications@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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