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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Durham Doctoral Studentships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities intends to award a limited number of Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS) to INTERNATIONAL postgraduate researchers of exceptional ability and promise for commencement in October 2016.
The Faculty closing date for applications is 17:00 on Monday 11th January 2016*
*Please note: It is important to check whether or not the School or Department to which you are applying has its own internal deadline.


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 (currently £14,057 full-time)
2. fees at overseas rate (currently £14,900 full-time). 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, institute).

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 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 are they located, and how will they be accessed.

**PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING KEY POINT:· This competition is NOT for Home/EU applicants, who can apply for an AHRC Northern Bridge studentship. See:

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).
Announcement of the results to successful candidates will be made on or before Friday 19th February 2016. Successful candidates will be contacted in the first instance by email, and unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome in due course.

Further Information

Please contact the DPGR of your prospective department for all enquiries about gaining admission and applying for the scheme.