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Department of Theology and Religion

Postgraduate Funding

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

The AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership will provide studentships for up to 50 full-time or part-time students in the Arts and Humanities at the three partner institutions - Durham, Newcastle University, and Queen's University Belfast. UK residents will receive full fees, a substantial maintenance grant and a research allowance; EU residents will receive full fees and a research allowance, and may also receive some maintenance support. We are now welcoming applications for 2014-15 entry. Full details on eligibility and how to apply are available from the Partnership website. The departmental deadline by which you must submit your application and ALL supporting documentation is midnight on 12th January 2014. Please note that this deadline may be earlier than that published on the University and the Northern Bridge web pages. This reflects the exceptionally large number of applications received in this department every year and is to allow the department to make full and careful consideration of each application.

Further guidance for applicants, supervisors and referees can be found in the following documents:

University Scholarships

Durham University now has its own MA Scholarship Scheme to assist in the funding of Masters level study, either for taught or research programmes, and the Durham Doctoral Studentship Scheme provides fees at the Home/EU rate and a maintenance grant for outstanding doctoral candidates across all subjects. These scholarships are open to all applicants regardless of nationality. Further details on all these sources of funding can be found here.

In addition to these sources of funding, there are a number of fellowships specific to those studying in Theology and Religion at Durham, including the Barry Scholarship, Lindsay Scholarship and Borderlands Bursaries, which are awarded by St John's College.

For information on all of the above, please consult the Durham University Funding website, or the more specific information on funding opportunities for postgraduates in the Arts and Humanities.

Application Information

To apply for Durham Doctoral Studentships or MA Scholarships applicants should declare their interest in the 'How do you expect to pay your fees' question on the online application form. Alternatively, applicants may contact the department directly to express their interest. Applications together with ALL supporting documentation for Durham scholarships in 2014-15 must be received by midnight 12th January 2014.

Scholarships for Integrated PhD students

Applicants for the Integrated PhD may apply for a Durham MA scholarship to support the first year of their study, and then for an AHRC Doctoral scholarship or Durham Doctoral Studentship to support the second and subsequent years. Applicants should be aware that these are entirely separate competitions: neither success nor failure in applications for funding for year 1 of the programme will affect an application for funding for years 2-4.

Departmental Funding Opportunities

PhD students are able to apply for paid work in the department as Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants as part of our overall programme in professional development.

For more information, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Secretary.

For information on funding for the DThM (Doctor of Theology and Ministry), please visit the DThM page.

Durham Chevening Scholarships 2014-15

Durham University has entered into a partnership scholarship with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deliver joint masters awards. Closing dates, which vary slightly from country to country, are in November 2013. Further details can be found at: www.chevening.org/partners/durham or www.chevening.org.

Information on future rounds of these scholarships will be posted when it becomes available.

Durham Santander Scholarships

In partnership with Banco Santander, Durham University this year awarded 6 postgraduate scholarships to outstanding candidates from Latin America. The scholarships, worth £5000 each, were awarded to students applying to study taught masters degrees in any discipline starting in October 2011. See here for more information on the 2013 scheme.

Information on future rounds of these scholarships will be posted when it becomes available.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

The Trudeau Foundation has invited Durham University to participate in the nomination process for the 2014 Doctoral Scholarships. Up to fifteen scholarships are awarded each year and are valued at $40,000CAD per year for three years, plus up to an additional $20,000 annually to support research related travel.

Durham has been invited by the Foundation to nominate up to six candidates for these awards. The awards are open to the following groups:

  1. Current Canadian Masters students interested in beginning their PhD at Durham in 2014/2015, or
  2. Current Canadian PhD students in their 1st or 2nd year of study at Durham
  3. Current non-Canadian students (emphasis on those from the developing world) applying for a Doctoral programme at a Canadian University

Doctorates must be in the social sciences and humanities and Candidates’ research must fall into one of the following themes:

  • Human rights and dignity
  • Responsible citizenship
  • Canada in the world
  • People and their natural environment

If you are interested in being considered for one of these scholarships, please notify Mrs Susan Tait (theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk) as soon as possible and no later than Friday 22nd November 2013.

Further information on the application requirements is attached and can be found at the Trudeau website: http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs/scholarships

External Funding

A variety of sources exist, and the University has a basic Funding Database where you can search for these. For international students the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships can be a significant source of funds, but you must apply early.

More Funding Opportunities

Should you be looking for further funding opportunities, you can additionally visit PostgraduateStudentships.co.uk, the principal gateway to funding opportunities in the UK, which includes several sources of independent funding that could be taken up at any UK university, including Durham. 

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

Postgraduates

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

Funding Opportunities

Click here to find out what postgraduate funding is available within the Arts & Humanites Faculty and how you can apply for it.

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

The AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership provides studentships for full-time or part-time students in the Arts and Humanities at the three partner institutions - Durham, Newcastle University, and Queen's University Belfast.