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Department of English Studies

Financial Support

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's central fees and funding pages for up-to-date fees information and additional funding opportunities. This page contains information on funding opportunities through:

MA funding

Details of Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships and Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, if available for 2017 entry, may be announced soon.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursaries (Closing date: 16th January 2017)

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities intends to award up to ten MA bursaries to students of exceptional ability for entry in October 2017.

MA 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 & Humanities. The information about the cost of the full fees is available on the Postgraduate Study website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/study/finance/.

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. outstanding research potential;
  3. a high-quality research/dissertation project;
  4. a firm intention to progress to doctoral study.

How to Apply

For more details and to apply, please take note of the Department's internal deadline for applications, and then see the Faculty of Arts and Humanities funding pages: https://www.dur.ac.uk/arts.humanities/funding_opportunities/facultyma/

The Department's deadline for receipt of applications for those applicants wishing to be considered for the Faculty MA Bursaries scheme is 5.00pm on 16th January, 2017.


Doctoral Awards

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities (Closing Date: 16 December 2016)

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition 2016. 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.

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?

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, 16 December, 2016.

Durham Doctoral Studentships (Closing Date: 16 December 2016)

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities intends to award a limited number of Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS) to international and home/EU postgraduate researchers of exceptional ability for entry in October 2017.

Benefits

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 – available on the Postgraduate Study website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/study/finance/
  2. fees at overseas rate – available on the Postgraduate Study website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/study/finance/

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 or institute).

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, visit the Faculty funding pages.

Please note that the Department's deadline for receipt of applications for those applicants wishing to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship is Friday, 16 December, 2016.


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 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.