Working as a research assistant to an established academic can be an invaluable training for a career in research. We aim to offer this opportunity to as many of our postgraduate research students as possible.
Each year we offer around a dozen paid research-assistantships to our research students. These involve working for a member of academic staff for two and a half hours per week over the course of a year. The work itself varies widely, but can include bibliographical assistance, conference administration, assembling book reviews or proofreading.
To the best of our knowledge no other Arts and Humanities department at any British university runs a comparable scheme.
RAs are paid a stipend which currently stands at £1128.20 for the year. Students on full AHRC / ERSC scholarships or who hold Durham Doctoral Fellowships are not eligible for paid research-assistantships but we encourage them to apply for these posts on an unpaid basis.
Applications are usually made in October / November and appointments run from January-December. This means that new research students can apply during their first year, if their supervisor is willing to support the application.
We cannot guarantee RA posts to anyone, but we aim to ensure that all research students who wish to serve as RAs, and are able to do so, have at least one opportunity during the course of their studies.
If you have any questions please contact the Postgraduate Training Coordinator.