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PhD studentships in the Arts and Humanities

Northern Bridge is offering approximately fifty fully-funded PhD studentships for 2016 entry. The studentships are open to outstanding postgraduate researchers across the full range of Arts and Humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines.

The Partnership is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and 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.

Northern Bridge invites applications in the following subject areas, and strongly encourages interdisciplinary projects encompassing two or more of these:

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

Interpreting and Translation
Law and Legal Studies*
Museum Studies
Political Science and International Studies (Diplomacy & International Relations)*
Russian Studies
Theology, Divinity and Religion
Visual Arts

 *PhD research in these subject areas is also funded by the ESRC. Information on Subjects where the AHRC and the ESRC share interests and responsibilities is available in the AHRC's Research Funding Guide

The Award

We provide financial support over the duration of study, including payment of tuition fees and a doctoral stipend at the UK Research Councils’ minimum level of £14,057 per annum for 2016.


Applicants for Northern Bridge studentships will usually hold a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and performance at or around distinction level in a Master’s degree.

Applicants must be United Kingdom citizens or residents of another European Union country. European Union applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award from the AHRC.

Please read the full eligibility criteria for further details.

Closing date

The application deadline is Monday 11 January at 5pm.

Further information

Visit our website to find out more or contact us:

Sarah Rylance
Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator
Tel. +44 (0)191 208 6190
Email: sarah.rylance@ncl.ac.uk

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