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Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Durham Doctoral Studentships

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 2022.

Students who wish to be considered for postgraduate scholarships should contact the School or Department in which they intend to study to seek further guidance.


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

  1. 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 or school for the 2022–23 academic year.

*Please note: that the award cannot be deferred and it is assumed that successful candidates will start in October 2022.

How to Apply

Applicants who request to be considered for funding will be considered for a number of scholarships, there is no separate application process for the DDS. To be eligible for consideration you will need to complete Durham University’s online application form. Please state that you wish to be funded for a scholarship when the form asks you to indicate how to fund your studies. The Schools and Departments across the Faculty operate different internal deadlines, please contact the Department to which you intend to apply for further guidance.

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 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 12 January 2022.

Selection Process

Your prospective department will review your application and decide whether or not to nominate you for consideration.

Departments must submit their nominations to the Faculty by Tuesday 15 February 2022. Results will begin to be announced by the Scholarships, Student Funding and Student Immigration Office by Wednesday 20 April 2022. Successful candidates will be contacted in the first instance by email, and unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome by their Department or School.