Eligibility for research council awards differs for UK, EU and international students.
Students should clarify the criteria before proceeding with an application.
The research councils that are most relevant to this School are:
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) via IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership
There are also instances of interdisciplinary research studentships from more than one research council. Allocation of all these studentships are competitive.
Other research council studentships
At times, the School offers additional research council studentships, sometimes associated with particular projects or in collaboration with non-academic partners (ESRC-collaborative studentships).
The ESRC also occasionally offers collaborative studentships linked to a government department (such as the Department for Transport or the Scottish Government).
Information about these awards will be posted in the ESRC's website and available awards will be advertised here and in the press in the early summer.
This Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) competition offers postgraduate funding for certain areas of GPS research.
Funding is available for some areas of:
- political and social philosophy
- cultural/historical geography
- political history
- area studies
Contacts in the School
- Political Philosophy: Dr. Simon Philpott
- Diplomacy and International Relations: Dr. Simon Philpott
- Cultural Geography: Prof. Rachel Woodward
How to apply
The Northern Bridge competition for entry 2017 has now closed. Details of future Northern Bridge funding competitions for entry 2018 will be released towards the end of the year.
We enjoy continuing high levels of ESRC funding success through three pathways within the school: Human Geography, Sociology and Politics & International Relations.
Newcastle University research institutes may also advertise specific bursaries and scholarship funding opportunities.
How to apply
The Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP) competition for entry 2017 has now closed. Details of the entry 2018 NINE DTP funding competition will be released towards the end of the year.
International students will only be eligible for an ESRC award if they have a relevant connection with the UK. A relevant connection may be established if you have:
- been ordinarily resident* in the UK for the three-year period preceding the course; and
- not been resident in the UK, in that period, wholly or mainly for full-time education (EU students see below)
- settled UK status within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (not subject to restriction on stay)
*Ordinarily resident is defined as a ‘habitual and normal residence from choice and for a settled purpose throughout the prescribed period, apart from temporary or occasional absences of the applicant, their spouse, civil partner or parent’.
Following the Bidar Judgement in 2005, EU nationals resident in the UK for three years preceding the date of an award, including for purposes of full time education, are now eligible for a full grant.
Check the ESRC website for more details.
The North East Doctoral Training Centre website provides more information about the ESRC awards.
The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology is a partner of the IAPETUS North East and Scotland multi-disciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).
This is funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
IAPETUS’ postgraduate studentships are tenable for between three and four years, depending on the doctoral research project the student is studying.
They provide the following package of financial support:
- full UK/EU tuition fees
- an annual tax-free stipend (or living expenses) of £14,296 (pending confirmation)
- Extensive research support funding is also offered
How to apply
The 2017 IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership competition is now open, the application closing deadline is 20th January 2017.
Applicants should submit a formal application through the University applications portal, and in addition provide the following documentation to the prospective School;
- Current CV
- a personal statement, no longer than 2 pages of A4 in length, detailing your reasons for applying for a PhD and why you have selected your chosen doctoral research project
- two references, where possible not from your prospective supervisor(s)
- transcripts of your previous qualifications obtained to date
Further information on the application process can be found on the University postgraduate funding webpages.