50 Fully-Funded Doctoral Studentships for UK and EU Students, 2018-2019


Last updated on April 2nd, 2018 at 08:44 pm

Looking for a fully funded scholarship? Hurry and apply for the 50 Fully-Funded Doctoral Studentships for UK and EU Students, 2018-2019, all applications are to be submitted before the program deadline

Brief Description

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership is offering fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships for UK and EU students. These studentships will be awarded 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.

Course Level:

Studentships are available for pursuing doctoral programme.

Study Subject:

Northern Bridge invites applications in the following subject areas, and strongly encourages interdisciplinary projects encompassing two or more of these: Archaeology, Architecture: Practice, History and Theory, Classics, Creative Writing, Cultural Geography, Digital Arts: Practice, History and Theory, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Language and Literature, Ethnography and Anthropology, Film: Practice, History, Theory and Criticism, Fine Art: Practice, History and Theory, French Studies, German Studies (including Dutch and Yiddish), Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, History (including Historical Geography), Interpreting and Translation, Italian Studies, Law and Legal Studies, Linguistics, Media and Communication Studies, Museum Studies, Music, Philosophy, Photography: Practice, History and Theory, Policy, Arts Management and Creative Industries, Political Science and International Studies (Diplomacy and International Relations), Russian, Slavonic and Eastern European Studies and  Theology, Divinity and Religion.

Scholarship Award:

Northern Bridge will provide 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 £14,296 per annum);
  • A research training support grant (RTSG) to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
  • Financial support to participate in a Northern Bridge Autumn Conference, an annual Summer School and a Completion and Leadership Workshop, which include specialist training as well as events focusing on career development and enhancing your employability;
  • Financial support for placements and the acquisition of the skills necessary for you to complete your PhD to the highest standards.

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Northern Bridge is seeking to recruit postgraduate students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research potential.

  • Academic Qualifications and Experience:
  • Competition for Northern Bridge studentships is intense, and we require 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. This generally means a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and performance at or around distinction level in a masters degree. In exceptional cases, 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.
  • Citizenship and Eligibility: 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. Institutional funds permitting, Northern Bridge may offer maintenance awards to EU applicants selected for studentships.
  • Commencement of Awards: To be eligible for a studentship in this current recruitment round you must be applying to commence a programme of doctoral study in the 2017/18 academic year, which starts 1 October 2017. Applicants who have already commenced their doctoral studies are eligible to apply providing they will have completed no more than 18 months of full-time or 36 months of part-time study by 1 October 2017. Awards cannot be deferred and selected candidates will be assumed to be starting their studies on 1 October 2017 unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Applicants must be United Kingdom citizens or residents of another European Union country are eligible to apply for these fully funded doctoral studentships.

How to Apply:

There are two stages in the application process

  • Step One: Contact the Subject Area: Before you apply you will need to explore with Subject Area Contacts whether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported, and begin to identify suitable supervisors.
  • Step Two: Complete an Online Application Form: The selection processes 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?’

Application Deadline: The deadline for applications to the Northern Bridge studentship competition is January annually

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