Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Doctoral Training Partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships

AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NBCDTP)

The NBCDTP, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 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 non-HE partner organisations.

We offer up to 67 funded doctoral studentships to outstanding applicants across a full range of arts and humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines, and interdisciplinary studies. We run an annual competition to select the best doctoral candidates and provide a comprehensive package of financial support over the duration of study, which includes:

  • Payment of tuition fees at the UK Research Councils' Home rate;
  • A stipend award at the UK Research Councils' national rate;
  • A research training support grant to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
  • Financial support to participate in the consortium's annual conferences, as well a chance to participate in a comprehensive suite of training activities.
  • Financial support for placements and the acquisition of the skills necessary for award-holders to complete their PhD to the highest standards. ‌

ESRC Northern Ireland North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP)

The NINE DTP is a new and exciting collaborative enterprise between seven Universities across Northern Ireland and the North East of England. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, with support from the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland (DfENI), we provide outstanding students with fantastic opportunities to conduct their Doctoral studies and develop core research skills in an exciting and creative environment.

Each year, we award in excess of 50 studentships to exceptional social scientists across our seven partner Universities, providing funding to support Doctoral studies on three year (PhD), three-and-a-half year (PhD with Research Methods) or four year (Masters and PhD) programmes (or part-time equivalent where applicable). We are committed to working with our award-holders, partners and collaborators to deliver an innovative and engaging experience, allowing our students to deliver real-world impact whilst developing into the next generation of social scientists.