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Durham University

Northern Bridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Northern Bridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC-funded PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities

The 2020–21 Competition was launched on 1 October 2020.

The Northern Bridge Consortium offers fully funded doctoral studentships to outstanding applicants across the full range of arts and humanities subjects and creative practice disciplines. International students as well as UK students are eligible to apply. (For further details on eligibility criteria, see

Closing date for the submission of post graduate application forms is Wednesday 13 January 2021, by 4pm.

For Standard Route studentships , applicants must first consult the subject area contact in their prospective department or school to discuss their research proposal and check whether there are members of staff who could supervise their project.


Successful applicants will join not only an outstanding university, but also a thriving cohort of almost two hundred current Northern Bridge PhD students. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Northern Bridge is an exciting collaboration between seven universities in the North East of England and Northern Ireland: Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University,Queen’s University Belfast, Sunderland University, Teesside University, and the University of Ulster. Together, we aim to deliver outstanding doctoral education in the arts and humanities. 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.