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Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Postgraduate Funding

PhD Funding

There are several different sources of funding available to outstanding PhD applicants:

  • Northern Bridge. This AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership offers over 50 scholarships per year across a range of subjects in seven universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Queen’s Belfast, Sunderland, Teesside and Ulster). The award covers tuition fees, a maintenance grant for living expenses, training opportunities, research support and placements.
  • Durham Doctoral Studentships. This flagship programme is open to applicants from anywhere in the world. UK citizens or residents of another European Union country should apply to Northern Bridge, and they will automatically be entered into the DDS competition. Others should apply for the DDS directly.
  • Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanitites. Three of these prestigious awards are available for students working in the fields of History, Languages and Literature. The successful candidates will be selected from Durham applicants to the Northern Bridge and DDS competition. There is no separate application procedure; you will be contacted by the university if you are nominated.
  • Zurbarán Centre Scholarship for the Study of Spanish Art. The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University invites applications for a doctoral scholarship in Spanish art-historical studies, commencing in the academic year 2021/22

MA Funding

  • Alumni discount. Durham alumni are eligible for a 25% discount on tuition fees for taught MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
  • Faculty MA Bursary. The Faculty offers a number of competitive bursaries per year to cover tuition fees at the Home rate.
  • Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships. These are means-tested scholarships for MA study across the university.