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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 scholarships and bursaries and the Faculty of Arts postgraduate funding pages for up-to-date fees information and additional funding opportunities. Below are some of the most relevant funding opportunities for English Studies through:

MA funding

Faculty of Arts MA Bursaries

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities intends to award MA bursaries to students of exceptional ability for entry in October 2018. 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. For further information and details of how to apply, visit the Faculty website. Note that the Department of English Studies has an internal deadline of 15th January for receipt of applications.

Alumni fee discount

Beginning in 2018, Durham alumni will qualify for a 25% discount on tuition fees (home or overseas) for any taught postgraduate programme in the Arts and Humanities Faculty. Please see the Faculty website for further information.

Doctoral Awards

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition for entry in 2018. More than fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships are available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including Creative Writing, English Language and Literature, and Drama and Theatre Studies.

Northern Bridge is an exciting, AHRC-funded collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast. The 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.

Northern Bridge studentships will provide you with a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:

  • payment of tuition fees;
  • a maintenance award at the UK Research Councils’ national rate (currently £14,553 per annum);
  • a research training support grant (RTSG) to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
  • financial support to participate in a Northern Bridge Autumn Conference, an annual Summer School and a Completion and Leadership Workshop, which include specialist training as well as events focussing on career development and enhancing your employability;
  • financial support for placements and the acquisition of the skills necessary for you to complete your PhD to the highest standards.

How to Apply

For full information about the Northern Bridge application process and eligibility criteria, please see the Northern Bridge website: You should then:

  • For a standard award, submit an initial application – Section A of the initial application form – to the Department by 5pm on Friday 8th December 2017 via Applications will then be reviewed by an internal review panel, which will provide feedback to your prospective supervisors, in order to give you time to take this feedback into account.
  • For a partnership award, follow the guidance on the Northern Bridge website and submit an initial expression of interest by 5pm on Friday 20 October 2017 via
  • Complete the University’s online postgraduate application form and submit all other supporting documentation by 5pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018. You must include the code AH18 on your application form so that it can be identified as a Northern Bridge application.

Northern Bridge are offering Application Masterclasses for potential applicants in Newcastle on the 15th of November 2017. The programme will involve presentations by staff and students on how to apply for a Northern Bridge studentship (tailored to conventional, practice-based, and partnership awards), as well as surgeries at which applicants can discuss their proposal with members of academic staff and meet current students. The Masterclass will be held from 1:00pm in room 2.22 of the Research Beehive, building number 25 on the Newcastle Campus Map. Registration is via email:

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 2018. For further information and details of how to apply, see the Faculty website. Note that the Department's internal deadline for receipt of applications is 8th December 2017.

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.


Many of our students are able to combine study with part-time work. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre 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 See the central Postgraduate Funding pages for other ways of financing your studies.

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.

Fees and Funding

Further information relating to the fees and costs of postgraduate study and the range of funding sources available.

New postgraduate funding source

Working in partnership with an established credit union, Durham University is delighted to be able to offer UK postgraduate taught students of all ages the opportunity of applying for low cost ethical loans. Find out more about the Durham University NEFirst Postgraduate Loan Scheme.