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AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The RCM's Blomfield Building at night
The Royal College of Music is the only music conservatoire in London to be part of an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Full studentships will be awarded to exceptional applicants through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), which is comprised of eight top universities and six major cultural organisations, including the RCM. This partnership offers exceptional opportunities for preparing the brightest and best doctoral students from the UK and the EU for successful careers.

The LAHP offers up to 90 fully-funded doctoral studentships annually across member institutions, awarded on a competitive basis to new doctoral students. The first funded students will begin their studies in September 2019 and the last in September 2023. Member HE instutions are:

  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal College of Art
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • School of Advanced Study, University of London

As well as the opportunity to apply for the fully-funded studentships, all of the RCM's doctoral students will benefit from a range of new opportunities. The partnership will offer cross-partnership training courses, interdisciplinary collaborations between students across institutions, study abroad grants, and secondments with non-HE industry sector partners, who are:

  • V&A
  • Google
  • The National Archives
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Wellcome Institute
  • Museum of London

The closing date for applications to the RCM doctoral programme is 15 October 2019. Successful Home/EU candidates can then submit a further application to the LAHP Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition, which closes in January 2020. Further information about this process will be sent to successful doctoral applicants after 15 October.

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Get in touch

If you would like to speak to us about the possibility of applying for an AHRC-funded doctoral place at the RCM, please contact our Head of Postgraduate Programmes.

Dr Natasha Loges

Head of Postgraduate Programmes