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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Durham Doctoral Studentships

The DDS competition for 2017-2018 entry has now closed. The competition for 2018-2019 entry will open in October 2017.

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities intends to award a limited number of Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS) to international postgraduate researchers of exceptional ability for entry in October 2017.


Durham Doctoral Awards are tenable for three years full-time or five years part-time,
and offer the following financial support package:

  1. an annual maintenance allowance at Research Council rates;
  2. fees at overseas rate.

In addition, departments may be able to offer paid teaching and/or research assistance opportunities.

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for candidates with the following:

  1. a first-class or very good 2:1 undergraduate degree;
  2. an MA (completed or in progress) in a relevant subject area at distinction or near-
    distinction level;
  3. an outstanding academic record and research potential;
  4. a high-quality research project that can be completed within 3 years;
  5. a clear and credible link between the proposed research and the expertise of the supervisory team;
  6. a clear understanding of how the project fits with the research environments in which it will be carried out (you may wish to comment here on the relevance of the department, centre or institute).


Applicants from anywhere in the world are eligible for Durham Doctoral Studentships. Home/EU applicants to Durham should not apply for a DDS; instead they should for an AHRC Northern Bridge studentship ( Northern Bridge applicants at Durham will automatically be entered into the DDS competition as well. Students from outside the UK/EU are not eligible to apply to Northern Bridge.

To be eligible for a Durham Doctoral Studentship, you must have applied to one of the Faculty's departments for the 2017–18 academic year. Please note: studentships cannot be deferred and it is assumed that successful candidates will start in October 2017.

How to Apply

To apply for Durham Doctoral Studentship, you will need to complete Durham University’s on-line application form (, and to state that you wish to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship when the form asks you to indicate how you intend to fund your studies. If you have already submitted an application, please contact your prospective department and inform them that you wish to be considered for DDS funding.

All applicants applying for a studentship award need to include within the relevant section of the online application form a summary of the research project they plan to conduct. The proposal should not exceed 750 words in length (excluding bibliography) and must set out the following:

  • The research questions or problems that the research will address.
  • The research context, i.e. the past and current research and scholarship in the field.
  • Bearing in mind the research context, the contribution to knowledge and understanding the project will make to the field, and a clear statement of the intellectual significance of the proposed research.
  • The approach/methodology that will be employed and an explanation of why it is the most appropriate approach for addressing the research questions/problems.
  • The resources and facilities that will be used during the research project, where they are located, and how they will be accessed.

The general deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Wednesday 11 January 2017. NB. Some departments may set an even earlier deadline; consult the departmental webpages to check whether the School or Department to which you are applying has its own internal deadline.

Selection Process

Your prospective department will review your application and decide whether or not to nominate you for consideration by the Faculty's Postgraduate Awards Panel, which is chaired by the Deputy Head of Faculty (Postgraduate). Departments must submit their nominations to the Faculty by Wednesday 15 February 2017. Results will begin to be announced by Friday 24 March 2017. Successful candidates will be contacted in the first instance by email, and unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome in due course.