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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 2017.


// Available Awards

International students across all of the Faculty's Departments and Schools can apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship.

Additionally, Home/EU students in fields not supported by Doctoral Training Partnerships will also be considered for these awards.

// Financial Support

The Faculty's Durham Doctoral Studentships are tenable for three (3) years and provide award-holders with the following package of financial support:

  • A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council's national rate (currently £14,296 - the exact sum is announced annually by RCUK);
  • Full payment of tuition fees

Part-time award-holders are funded for six (6) years and receive a maintenance grant and research expenses allowance at 50% of the full-time rate.

// 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, such as through the publication of journal articles and other publications; and
  • Be planning to conduct a high-quality research project.

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 application form and state that you wish to be considered for the award when the form asks you how you intend to fund your studies. 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; 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 Friday 24 February 2017.

// 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.

Postgraduate study