UK/EU students

PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities - AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate, currently £14,553. Also, additional funding to cover other study-related costs, (study abroad, conference attendance, etc).

Number of awards

50 PhD studentships offered across Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen's University Belfast.

Start date and duration

1 October 2018 for 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Application closing date

The deadline for submitting a postgraduate application and supporting documentation is Wednesday 10 January 2018, 5:00pm.


Newcastle University awards Northern Bridge PhD studentships in the following areas:


Northern Bridge funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must have a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and perform at or around Distinction level in a Master’s 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 2018/19 academic year starting 1 October 2018. 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 2017.

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, Northern Bridge may offer maintenance awards to EU applicants selected for studentships.

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

How to apply

For Standard Route studentships applicants must consult the Subject Area Contact in their prospective School to discuss their research proposal and check there are members of staff who can supervise their thesis.

For Partnership Awards, which involve collaboration with a Northern Bridge partner organisation, an initial Expression of Interest must be submitted by Friday 20 October 2018 at 5:00pm. Note that Partnership Awards are limited to only those partners participating in the scheme. 

Newcastle applicants must then apply through Newcastle University’s online postgraduate application system quoting AH18 under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ and ‘Who is your sponsor/funding body?’

An Application Masterclass for potential applicants will be held on Wednesday 15 November at Newcastle University.


Sarah Rylance
Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6190
Website: Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Eligible Courses