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Durham University

Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Durham Doctoral Studentships

The Faculty of Social Sciences & Health has available a number of prestigious Durham Doctoral Studentships for new, high-calibre PhD students who will be commencing their studies within the Faculty in October 2020.


// Available Awards/Eligibility

The Faculty’s Durham Doctoral Studentships scheme is targeted towards applications from high calibre international candidates who are not eligible for funding via one of our Doctoral Training Centres.

Please note that on receipt of nominations, the eligibility status of candidates will be assessed. If you are uncertain about whether you should submit to DDS or to a DTC please contact your department/school in the first instance.

Please note that DDS candidates candidates must not be:

  • currently registered doctoral students
  • eligible for DTP studentships
  • receiving any other studentship funding, e.g. from a national government, research council or charity
  • in full-time work if successful

DDS candidates may be:

  • currently registered for a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research Master’s degree at Durham or elsewhere
  • overseas
  • Home/EU applicants who are not eligible for DTP studentships

// Financial Support

The Faculty's Durham Doctoral Studentships are tenable for three years full-time or six years part-time and provide award-holders with the following package of financial support:

  • A tax-free maintenance stipend set at the UK Research Council's national rate (currently £15,009 - the exact sum is announced annually by RCUK). Part-time students receive 50% of the full-time rate, £7505)
  • Full payment of tuition fees whether this is Home / EU / Overseas–

// Eligibility & Requirements

We are looking for candidates with the following:

  • A First or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience;
  • An outstanding academic pedigree and research potential, –noting this may be achieved through work experience leading to publications; and
  • –A research proposal for a high-quality, manageable PhD project with potential impact in the field

In addition, candidates will usually hold or be completing a Masters degree in their area of proposed study or related discipline.

Applications are considered according to their academic merit. Factors such as your financial status and nationality are not taken into account.

// How to Apply

To apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship you need to complete the University's online PhD application form and state that you wish to be considered for the DDS award when the form asks you how you intend to fund your studies. Students must met the minimum IELTS (7.0 with no component under 6.5, or equivalent) by the deadline and potential for an 'unconditional offer' by the deadline.

In addition to completing an online application form, you will also need to provide the following documentation to your prospective department or school:

  1. Current CV;
  2. A research proposal, which is no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography);
  3. Two references; one may be a Durham reference if you are a current postgraduate Masters student. The other reference must be provided by a referee who is independent of Durham University; and
  4. Transcripts of your previous degree(s).

If you have already submitted your online application form and not added that you want to be considered for an award, please contact your prospective Department/School to inform them that you wish to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship.

The deadline for submitting your application is Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 17.00pm.

// Selection Process

Your prospective department or school will review your application and it will decide whether to put you forward for consideration by the Faculty's Postgraduate Studentships Panel, which is chaired by the Deputy Executive Dean (Postgraduate).

The Faculty's Postgraduate Studentships Panel will consider all applications in March 2020 and we anticipate notifying candidates whether they have been successful in early April 2020.

// Further Information

If you have any questions about applying for a Durham Doctoral Studentship please contact your prospective Department or School in the first instance.