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Durham University


Postgraduate scholarships and bursaries

A range of funding opportunities is available to applicants to postgraduate programmes in the Arts and Humanities Faculty. Inevitably, these schemes are highly competitive and require applicants to demonstrate evidence of outstanding potential and a very strong academic performance to date. The Music Department has an excellent track record of success in securing several scholarships for its students every year, and we will work closely with suitable candidates to support them throughout the application process.

In most cases (including the university’s internal funding schemes and external schemes such as the AHRC Northern Bridge studentships), you will be required to submit a detailed research proposal outlining the project that you intend to undertake. The quality, originality, and significance of your proposed project are key criteria in assessing applications, so it is vitally important to ensure that your proposal is as high-quality as possible if you are to stand a realistic chance of success. We strongly recommend that you seek feedback on your proposal from your prospective supervisor well in advance of applying, allowing sufficient time to revise it in the light of his or her recommendations.

Funding opportunities for applicants to doctoral programmes

The principal sources of funding for doctoral students are the studentships offered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain (AHRC). If you wish to be considered for these awards, please insert the code NBC20 in the section of the online application form where you are requested to state how you propose to fund your studies.

Applications for AHRC funding are administered by the Northern Bridge consortium, which comprises Durham University, Newcastle University, and Queen’s University Belfast. AHRC studentships cover fees at the UK/EU rate and may include a maintenance grant. Eligibility is restricted to applicants who hold UK/EU citizenship and satisfy the scheme's residency criteria. Further information is available on the Northern Bridge website.

If you wish to apply for an AHRC studentship, you must complete Durham University’s online postgraduate application form and submit the supporting documentation specified here by 4:00pm, Monday 13 January 2020. We strongly recommend that you contact prospective supervisors as far in advance of this deadline as possible to discuss your application, bearing in mind that members of the Department's staff may not be able to respond promptly to e-mail enquiries after the end of term on Friday 13 December 2019. The deadline will be adhered to strictly and late applications cannot be considered.

Information about other external funding opportunities (some of which are restricted to applicants of specific nationalities) is available here.

Funding opportunities for applicants to Masters programmes

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers up to ten MA busaries annually to outstanding applicants to its Taught and Research Masters programmes. The deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm on Friday 3 January 2020. Applicants are required to write a 750-word outline of a proposed research project that they propose to undertake, formulated in accordance with Departmental guidelines.