UK/EU students

Doctoral Training Studentships (MRes plus PhD) in Digital Civics

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual tax free stipend (or living allowance) of £14,777. Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Number of awards


Start date and duration

The Doctoral Training Studentships commence in September 2018 and are available for 4 years covering a one year MRes in Digital Civics plus a three year PhD.

Application closing date

Deadline for studentship applications: 28 February 2018


The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Civics at Newcastle University explores the design, deployment and evaluation of community ­driven digital technologies and services. Whether it is through the redesign of local services with communities, or rethinking how citizens can and do interact with local government, technology innovation and design has a critical role to play in enabling digitally connected citizens and communities.

The CDT is a unique partnership between Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and Northumberland County Council, and a range of local, national and global industry and third sector partners.

Digital Civics doctoral students will undertake training in the social, political and economic contexts of citizenship, community, and local service provision. They will also undertake training in participatory methods, digital design and the development of digital services, focusing on one or more of the CDT’s four key themes: public health, social care, community learning and local democracy.

The four ­year doctoral programme includes a one­ year MRes in Digital Civics followed by a PhD that will involve working closely with local communities and local government as well as commercial and third sector organisations. See our Frequently Asked Questions.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Eligibility Criteria

The studentships are open to applicants satisfying EPSRC home/UK or EU fee status criteria, who are eligible for home fees.

We also welcome applications from students from outside the UK who have already secured full scholarship funding from other sources (eg from the National Government of the home country of the student).

You must have (or expect to get) at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in computer science, design, education, health sciences, planning and architecture, politics or social sciences.

How to apply

To apply for a studentship, you initially only apply for the MRes in Digital Civics via the University's Applicant Portal. Upon successful completion of the MRes you will then be transferred on to the PhD programme.

You will be admitted to the MRes independently of a supervisory team and specific research project. Students will select PhD research projects during the Spring of Year 1.

You will also need to fill out a Digital Civics application form.

In your online application, please include your CV and a personal statement. This should be no longer than 500 words in length. It should clearly communicate why you are interested in conducting research in Digital Civics. A good personal statement should articulate how your prior experience or qualifications provide a good foundation for conducting a PhD within our CDT in Digital Civics, and state what new skills and expertise you hope to develop through our PhD training programme. We would also like you to tell us why you are motivated to conduct a PhD.


Please contact us at:
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Civics

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