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Department of English Studies

Financial Support

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

Doctoral Awards

Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS)

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities intends to award a limited number of Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS) to postgraduate researchers of exceptional ability and promise for commencement in October 2015. The closing date for applications is the 27th February 2015.


Durham Doctoral Awards are tenable for three years full-time or five years part-time, nd offer the following financial support package:

  1. an annual maintenance allowance at Research Council rates (currently £13863 full-time)
  2. fees at home/EU or overseas rate. 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 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, institute).


To apply for Durham Doctoral Studentship, you will need to complete Durham University’s on-line application form (, 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.

Further information about Durham Doctoral Studentships can be found at Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS).

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities (Closing Date: 26 January 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:

How to Apply

To apply for Durham Doctoral Studentship and/or 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 Durham Doctoral Studentship and/or 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?

MA funding

Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursaries

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 2015. These bursaries are tenable for 12 months (full-time) and cover full fees at home/EU rate for taught or research MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. (The cost of full fees is currently £5,700.) 

How to Apply

To apply for a Faculty MA bursary, you will need to complete Durham University’s on-line application form
(, 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.

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. 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), FRIDAY 16th JANUARY 2015. Any applications received after this date will not go forward.

NB Please note that all supporting references must also be received by 16th January 2015 at

Further Information

For all enquiries about applying for admission and applying for the funding schemes, please contact Mrs M. Caygill at

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.

Funding Opportunities

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