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PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities for 2019 Entry

Newcastle University

The AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership is offering up to 67 PhD studentships for 2019 entry.

The partnership brings together the cutting-edge expertise and exceptional resources of Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, Sunderland University, Teesside University and Ulster University and their strategic partners. Northern Bridge Consortium students benefit from supervision, training and development of the highest quality, tailored to the needs of 21st century researchers.

We invite outstanding PhD applications in the following subject areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Asiatic and Oriental Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural and Museum Studies
  • Cultural and Museum Studies: Cultural Geography
  • Cultural Studies: Policy, Arts Management and Creative Industries
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Design: Architecture - History, Theory and Practice
  • Development Studies
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Ethnography and Anthropology
  • French Studies
  • German Studies (including Dutch and Yiddish)
  • Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin Studies
  • History
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Italian Studies
  • Languages and Literature: Creative Writing
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Law and Legal Studies: Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media: Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • Media: Journalism
  • Media: Media and Communication Studies
  • Media: New Media/Web-Based Studies
  • Media: Publishing
  • Media: Television History, Theory and Criticism
  • Middle Eastern and African Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Studies (Diplomacy and International Relations)
  • Russian, Slavonic and Eastern European Studies
  • Theology, Divinity and Religion
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Arts: Applied Arts - History, Theory and Practice
  • Visual Arts: Art History
  • Visual Arts: Art Theory and Aesthetics
  • Visual Arts: Community Art including Art and Health
  • Visual Arts: Digital Arts - History, Theory and Practice
  • Visual Arts: Film-based - History, Theory and Practice
  • Visual Arts: Fine Art - History, Theory and Practice
  • Visual Arts: Installation and Sound Art - History, Theory and Practice
  • Visual Arts: Photography - History, Theory and Practice

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend at the UKRI postgraduate rate, currently £14,777. Plus additional funding to cover other study-related costs such as study abroad, presenting at conferences, etc.


Candidates must have a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and perform at or around Distinction level in a Masters degree. Candidates with lower qualifications may be considered if they can demonstrate that relevant professional practice or work experience has equipped them with equivalent academic and research skills.

Applicants must apply to commence a programme of doctoral study in the 2019/20 academic year starting 1 October 2019. Applicants who have already commenced their doctoral studies are eligible to apply providing they will have completed no more than 18 months full-time or 36 months part-time study by 1 October 2019.

Awards are available to UK/EU applicants only. EU 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. Institutional funds permitting, the Northern Bridge Consortium may offer maintenance awards to EU applicants selected for studentships.

Further details about the AHRC's eligibility requirements can be found in the UKRI’s Training Grant Guide.

Closing date

The application deadline is Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 5pm.

Contact us

Sarah Rylance
Assistant Learning and Teaching Manager (Research)

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Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Belfast, Durham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 annual stipend plus tuition fees
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 29th November 2018
Closes: 9th January 2019
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