Fully-Funded Doctoral Studentships at UK Universities

Deadline: 11 January 2016
Open to: postgraduate students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research potential within the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including creative practice disciplines
Studentship: fully-funded


Northern Bridge offers over fifty fully-funded studentships per year to outstanding postgraduate researchers across the full range of Arts and Humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines. Northern Bridge is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It brings together the cutting-edge expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast and their Strategic Partners. Northern Bridge students benefit from supervision, training and development of the highest quality, tailored to the needs of twenty-first-century researchers.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Postgraduate students with research potential in interdisciplinary projects encompassing two or more of these fields: Archaeology, Classics, Creative Writing, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Language and Literature, Ethnography and Anthropology, Film History, Theory and Criticism, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, History, Interpreting and Translation, Italian Studies, Law and Legal Studies, Linguistics, Media and Communication Studies, Museum Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science and International Studies (Diplomacy & International Relations), Russian Studies, Theology, Divinity and Religion, Visual Arts, encompassing Art Theory & Aesthetics, and theoretical, historical, critical and practice-based approaches to the following: Fine Art; Digital Arts; Photography; Community Art; Installation Art; Sound Art; Film-/ Time-Based Art; and Architecture;
  • Evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as evidence that the student has sufficient research skills to undertake the project;
  • Applicants must be United Kingdom citizens or residents of another European Union country.

What does it cover?

The Northern Bridge provides a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:

  • payment of tuition fees;
  • a maintenance award at the UK Research Councils’ national rate (currently £14,057 per annum);
  • a research training support grant (RTSG) to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
  • financial support to participate in the annual Northern Bridge Autumn Conference, Winter School and Summer School, which include specialist training as well as events focussing on career development and enhancing your employability;
  • financial support for placements, international study visits and the acquisition of the skills necessary for you to complete your PhD to the highest standards.

How to apply?

Before starting the application process, please read the following guide carefully.

There are two stages in the application process:
1) Step One:
Contact the Subject Area whether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported, and begin to identify suitable supervisors.

2) Step Two:
Complete an online application form of the University at which you would like to study.

As the selection process require you to apply through the online application form of the University at which you would like to study, you must include the code AH16 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a Northern Bridge award:

  • Applicants to Newcastle University should quote AH16 under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ and ‘Who is your sponsor/funding body?’
  • Applicants to Durham University should insert AH16 where asked on the form ‘How do you intend to finance your tuition fees’ and ‘living expenses?’
  • Applicants to Queen’s University Belfast should tick ‘I will apply separately to an external body’ then enter AH16 under ‘To which body do you intend to apply?’

For more information please visit the official website.

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