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Department of English Studies

Financial Support

Two new University scholarship schemes for taught postgraduate students are now open for applications. On offer are 100 Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships (for Taught MAs and intended to support students who may not have otherwise considered postgraduate education; deadline 4th June 2016) and 3 Vice-Chancellor and Warden’s Scholarships (same deadline). Details can be found here.

Full-Time, UK, self-financing students have an opportunity to apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £7,000, to cover the cost of fees, through the University's collaboration with NEFirst Credit Union Limited.

Please consult Durham University Graduate School website or the Durham University Postgraduate Prospectus for up-to-date fees information. This page contains information on funding opportunities through:

MA funding

Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships (Closing date, 4th June 2016)

Durham University is delighted to announce the introduction of 100 Postgraduate Taught Scholarships worth £3,000. The scholarships are open to applicants from currently under-represented groups within the postgraduate taught population.

The scholarships are intended to support students who may not have otherwise considered postgraduate education. This could be because of financial barriers, personal caring commitments or because an applicant is domiciled in an area where progression to postgraduate education is less common.

The majority of taught master’s programmes are eligible, except postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificates, MRes programmes, integrated masters and courses funded by other public bodies (e.g. PGCE).

Applicants must submit an academic application to the University along with a separate scholarship application. The deadline is 4th June 2016.

More information and application instructions can be found here.

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships (Closing date, 4th June 2016)

Durham University is delighted to announce the introduction of three Postgraduate Taught Scholarships worth £6,000 for applicants commencing with the University in 2016. The scholarships are aimed at supporting applicants from under-represented groups at the University and are being provided due to the generous support of donation income.

The majority of taught master’s programmes are eligible, except postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificates, MRes programmes, MBA, integrated masters and courses funded by other public bodies (e.g. PGCE).

Applicants for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships will automatically be considered for the Postgraduate Taught Scholarships, there is no need to submit a separate application form, however please note that it is not possible to hold more than one University award.

Applicants must submit an academic application to the Unviersity along with a separate scholarship application. The deadline for submission is 4th June 2016. More information and details of how to apply can be found here.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursaries (Closing date, 25th January 2016)

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities intends to award up to ten MA bursaries to students of exceptional ability and promise for entry in October 2016. These bursaries are tenable for 12 months (full-time) and cover full fees at the home/EU rate for taught or research MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. (The cost of full fees is currently £6,100.)

How to Apply

To apply for a Faculty MA bursary, you will need to complete Durham University’s on-line application form
(
https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/), and to state that you wish to be considered for the Faculty MA bursary when the form asks you to indicate how you intend to fund your studies. If you have already submitted an application, please contact the department and inform them that you wish to be considered for a Faculty MA bursary.

Candidates applying for the Faculty’s MA bursaries must detail the different elements of the course that they plan to study. This should cover the following:

  1. The pathway that will be followed;
  2. The modules, compulsory and/or optional, that they will take;
  3. An outline of the research project they intend to undertake for their dissertation.

The deadline by which candidates who wish to be considered for a MA Bursary must have submitted their online application for a Durham place is 5pm (GMT),MONDAY 25th JANUARY 2016. Any applications received after this date will not go forward.

NB Please note that all supporting references must also be received by Monday 25th January 2016 at english.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Doctoral Awards

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities (Closing Date: 18 December 2015)

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition 2015. More than fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships are available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines.

Northern Bridge is an exciting, AHRC-funded collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast. Our aim is to deliver outstanding doctoral education in the arts and humanities, and successful applicants will join a thriving cohort of almost fifty Northern Bridge PhD students recruited through last year’s studentship competition. Northern Bridge offers exceptional supervision by academic staff researching at the cutting edge of their disciplines, vibrant research environments that promote interdisciplinary enquiry, and research training and career development opportunities tailored to the needs of twenty-first century researchers.

Northern Bridge students benefit from our close partnerships with prestigious local and national organisations in the cultural, heritage, broadcasting, and government sectors. Our partners provide a wide range of placement, research, and training opportunities, and currently comprise: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; BBC Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure NI; Durham Cathedral; National Media Museum; New Writing North; Newcastle City Council; Sage Gateshead; Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books; The Bowes Museum; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; and Wordsworth Trust.

We provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:

  • fees and maintenance at the UK Research Councils’ national rate
  • a research training support grant (RTSG) to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork
  • financial support to attend our cohort-building events
  • financial support to incorporate short-term placements, international study visits and specialist training events in order to develop your skills.

For further details, please see the Northern Bridge website: http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/.

Please note that the Department's deadline for receipt of applications for those applicants wishing to be considered for the Northern Bridge Doctoral Award scheme is Friday, 18 December, 2015.

How to Apply

To apply for an AHRC NBDTP award, you will need to complete Durham University's on-line application form, and to state that you wish to be considered for AHRC NBDTP when the form asks you to indicate how you intend to fund your studies. In addition, in the Other Relevant Experience Section of the online application form, you must include a summary of the research project you wish to conduct. This should not exceed 750 words in length and should consider the following:

  • a. What research question or problem will they be addressing?
  • b. What is the research context in which the question or problem is located?
  • c. What contribution to knowledge and understanding do they expect to make?
  • d. What methodology will they employ to address the research question/problem?
  • e. What sources will they be using during the research project, where are they located, and how will they be accessed?

Durham Doctoral Studentships (Closing Date: 18 December 2015)

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. For more information about these, see the Faculty pages.

How to Apply

To apply for Durham Doctoral Studentship, you will need to complete Durham University’s on-line application form (https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/), 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.

Please note that the Department's deadline for receipt of applications for those applicants wishing to be considered for the Durham Doctoral Studentships scheme is Friday, 18 December, 2015.


Research Assistantships

The Department regularly sets up several small Research Assistantships, partly to offer research students in Durham training in subject specific skills. Research Students are paid (£300-500) to help with the research project of a member of staff.


Self-funding

Many of our students are able to combine study with part-time work. The Student Employment Service is able to help students to find and apply for local jobs in and around Durham and Stockton.

For Taught students from the UK, who are studying full time and self-financing, the University offers the opportunity to apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £7,000, to cover the cost of fees


Further Information

For all further enquiries about applying for admission and applying for the funding schemes, please contact Mrs Marie Carlin at english.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk.

Funding Opportunities

click here to find out what postgraduate funding is available within the Arts & Humanites Faculty and how you can apply for it.