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Durham University

Department of Geography


The cost of studying at Durham has two core elements:

The Department has a range of studentships, scholarships and bursaries to help fund your postgraduate study with us, including prestigious AHRC, ESRC, NERC and Durham Doctoral Studentship awards.

Northern Bridge (Human Geography)

Funds studentships in Cultural Geography for Home and EU students. This scheme has been expanded this year, and funds both standard studentships and collaboratives.

The deadline for 2019 applications is now closed.

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NINE DTP (Human Geography)

This is our main scheme for Human Geography and is open to UK and EU applicants. It funds up to 13 studentships in the ‘Human Geography Pathway’, and we can also apply to other Interdisciplinary Pathways (Children, Youth and Families; Conflict, Security and Justice; Health Well-Being and Society; Media and Society).

The deadline for 2019 applications is now closed.

Further details.

NERC IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership (Physical Geography)

Durham is part of the NERC funded IAPETUS partnership including the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

The deadline for 2020 applications is now closed.

Further details.

We are particularly keen to see applications from international students who are not citizens of the UK or the European Union.

We have a large number of international postgraduate students registered for both Masters and PhD programmes as well as extensive staff experience in the delivery of high quality training and support.

Many international students are eligible for one of a number of prestigious studentship awards and we encourage you to explore the following avenues:

The British Council

The British Council hosts information on a range of scholarships for study in the UK. It has an excellent search engine for scholarship information (see the 'Scholarship Search' boxes on the page).

Further details.

Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship

Applications are invited for a Studentship to support a suitably qualified postgraduate student for a three year PhD programme in Geography focused on research that helps to build resilience to hazards and risks challenging human societies in the global south.

The deadline for 2019 - 2020 applications is now closed.

Further details.

    Commonwealth Studentships (Human Geography and Physical Geography)

    Applicants must apply simultaneously in-country. Students must be from Commonwealth countries and studentships are awarded under six themes (science and tech for development; global prosperity; global peace, security and governance; resilience and response to crises; access, inclusion and opportunity).

    The deadline for 2019 applications is now closed.

    Further details.

    CSFP Awards

    Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships give talented students from anywhere in the Commonwealth the opportunity to gain a Master's degree, while developing new skills, experiencing life in another country, and building their global networks.

    Further details.

    Durham Doctoral Studentships (Human Geography and Physical Geography)

    This is open to both Physical (both EU and non-EU students) and Human Geography (non-EU students only).

    The deadline for 2019 applications is now closed.

    Further details.

    Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


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

    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.