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Department of English Studies

Research Training

Training Provision

Durham University provides training in core, generic research skills, and in personal and career development skills, through its central postgraduate research training programme. Postgraduate Research students have access to regular training events organised by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. There are also opportunities for postgraduates to participate in regional groups such as the North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies and other regional events, and in Durham research centres such as the Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures, and Centre for Poetry and Poetics. Advice on post-doctoral life, developing a teaching portfolio, job applications and interviews can be found at our Postgraduate English forum.

Departmental and Faculty PG Training Fund

Research students are already allowed up to £150 p.a. out of the Department's general Travel Budget to support attendance at conferences, archival visits, language training, and participation in specific postgraduate training events at other HE institutions. For overseas conference attendance and archival visits, postgraduate research students can make an application to the Faculty Postgraduate Support Fund.

Research Assistantships

The Department regularly offers a number of Research Assistantships, designed to offer research students training in subject specific skills. Research Students are paid (£500) to help with the research project of a member of staff.