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Funded doctoral studentships

The RCM's Blomfield Building at night
The Royal College of Music is the only music conservatoire in London to be part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). This AHRC-funded doctoral training partnership offers exceptional opportunities for preparing the brightest and best doctoral students from the UK and the EU for successful careers.

LAHP Collaborative Doctoral Award

We are now encouraging applications to the LAHP Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) for the following project:

A study of diversity and music-making in early childhood: Towards inclusive research and practice

The CDA is open to prospective doctoral students. Applications must be received by 5pm BST on 28 January 2022.

For more information, including how to apply, visit the LAHP website. If you have any queries about the award, please contact Dr Jessica Pitt by emailing

Open competition

The LAHP offers up to 90 fully-funded doctoral studentships annually across all member institutions, awarded on a competitive basis to new doctoral students. Member HE institutions 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
  • University College London

Successful doctoral applicants will have the opportunity to apply for the fully-funded studentships. The partnership will offer cross-partnership training courses, interdisciplinary collaborations between students across institutions, placements and opportunities for research with six core non-HE industry sector partners, who include:

  • Museum of London
  • National Archives
  • Google
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Wellcome Trust

The studentships

For all students (including EU and overseas) the studentships comprise:

  • Full fees waiver
  • Stipend
  • Access to additional funding opportunities
  • A training events programme (for up to three and a half years full time or the equivalent part time)

How to apply

Successful RCM doctoral applicants are welcome to apply to LAHP for a funded studentship. You cannot apply for a LAHP studentship until you have a confirmed place on the RCM doctoral programme.

Further details on how to apply for the studentship and relevant deadlines are posted on the LAHP website when available. Successful applicants will be informed in Spring 2022.

Visit LAHP website

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.

Professor Natasha Loges

Head of Postgraduate Programmes