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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 postgraduate researchers of exceptional ability and promise for commencement in October 2014. The closing date for applications is 17th February 2014.


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 £13726 full-time)
2. fees at home/EU or 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 2:1 undergraduate degree
2. an MA (completed or in progress) in a relevant subject area
3. an outstanding academic record and research potential 
4. a high-quality research project that can be completed within 3 years


To be eligible for a Durham Doctoral Studentship you must apply to commence a programme of doctoral study within one of the Faculty's departments in the 2014-15 academic year. Both home/EU and international students are eligible to apply. Please note that awards cannot be deferred and selected candidates will be assumed to be starting their studies in October 2014 unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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.

Selection Process

Your prospective department will review your application and decide whether to nominate you for consideration by the Faculty's Postgraduate Awards Panel, which is chaired by the Deputy Head of Faculty (postgraduate).
The Faculty's Postgraduate Awards Panel will be considering applications in late March 2014 and we anticipate notifying candidates whether they have been successful or not by Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at the latest.

Further Information

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


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