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Department of Theology and Religion

Postgraduate Funding

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

PhD Studentships in Theology and Religion at Durham University
(department application deadline 13 December 2015)

The Department of Theology and Religion invites applications for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership offers the high-quality supervisory expertise and exceptional resources of Durham University, Newcastle University and Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding Arts and Humanities postgraduate researchers. The awards cover tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant at the RCUK national rate for UK applicants. They cover tuition fees only for EU students.

The scheme welcomes applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project. This generally means a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and performance at or around distinction level in a masters degree. Applicants must be United Kingdom citizens or residents of another European Union country. European Union applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award from the AHRC (institutional funds permitting, maintenance awards may be offered to successful EU applicants).

If you wish to be considered for Northern Bridge AHRC funding for a PhD in Theology and Religion, you must have submitted an on-line postgraduate study application, complete with ALL supporting documents, for a PhD place at Durham by midnight on Sunday, 13th December 2015. 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:

AHRC NBDTP Nomination Form

For more information, see http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/studentships/apply/ or get in touch with the Durham subject area contact listed here: http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/studentships/contacts/ at the earliest opportunity.

For general queries about any of the subject areas in Theology and Religion, please contact Mrs Susan Tait, the Postgraduate Admissions & Scholarships Secretary.

Durham Doctoral Studentships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities intends to award a limited number of Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS) to INTERNATIONAL postgraduate researchers of exceptional ability and promise for commencement in October 2016.

The Department’s closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 13th December 2015.

Benefits

Durham Doctoral Awards are tenable for three years full-time or five years part-time, and offer the following financial support package:

  1. an annual maintenance allowance at UK Research Council rates (currently £14,057 full-time)
  2. fees at overseas rate (currently £14,900 full-time). In addition, departments may be able to offer paid teaching and/or research assistance opportunities.

Further details are available on the website of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

To apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship you must complete and submit an online postgraduate study application form, including a full research proposal of 1,000/1,500 words (see our web page ‘Application Process’ for further details.) Part of this form asks you how you intend to finance your studies and in response to this question you must enter that you wish to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship. If you have already submitted your online application form and did not enter that you wish to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship you must notify the Department before the deadline.

Within the ‘Additional Information’ section of your online application form, you must provide a summary of your proposed research project. (Please note that this is separate from the full proposal you are asked to submit as part of your postgraduate study application.) The proposal should not exceed 750 words in length (excluding bibliography) and must set out the following:

  • The research questions or problems that the research will address.
  • The research context, i.e. the past and current research and scholarship in the field.
  • Bearing in mind the research context, the contribution to knowledge and understanding the project will make to the field, and a clear statement of the intellectual significance of the proposed research.
  • The approach / methodology that will be employed, and an explanation of why it is the most appropriate approach for addressing the research questions/problems.
  • The resources and facilities that will be used during the research project, where are they located, and how will they be accessed.

Alternatively, you may send this as a separate document to the Postgraduate Admissions & Scholarships Secretary (theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk) marked clearly with your name and the title “Durham Doctoral Studentships Case for Support”.

** PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING KEY POINT: This competition is NOT for Home/EU applicants, who can apply for an AHRC Northern Bridge studentship. See: http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/studentships/eligibility/

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Deadlines for the Northern Bridge AHRC competition and the Durham Doctoral Studentships

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. For candidates seeking PhD funding for the 2016-17 academic year, the DEPARTMENTAL DEADLINE by which you must submit your application and ALL supporting documentation is midnight on the 13th December 2015. Please note that this deadline is earlier than that published on the Faculty 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 applicant.

University Scholarships

There are a number of fellowships specific to those studying in Theology and Religion at Durham, including the Barry Scholarship, Lindsay Scholarship and the College of St Hild and St Bede Trust.

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

MA Bursaries

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a number of bursaries to new MA candidates who are applying to join either taught or research masters programmes in the arts and humanities and who intend to progress to a PhD. Integrated PhD applicants are also eligible to apply. Award-holders receive a tuition fee waiver at either the taught or research Home/EU rate for one academic year.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Candidates of any nationality can apply for an MA Bursary. Awards are only open to full-time applicants who are applying to join either a taught or research programme commencing in October 2016.

Further details are available on the website of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for an MA Bursary you must complete and submit an online admissions application form. Part of this form asks you how you intend to finance your studies and in response to this question you must enter that you wish to be considered for a Faculty MA Bursary.

Within your online application form you must state the different elements of the programme you intend to study. This statement should be no more than 750 words and address the following questions:

  • Which modules, compulsory and optional, are you planning to take?
  • What research project are you intending to undertake for your dissertation?
  • How do the different elements of your programme provide a firm foundation for a future PhD?

Alternatively, you may send this statement as a separate document to the Postgraduate Admissions Secretary & Scholarships (theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk) marked clearly with your name and the title “MA Bursary Case for Support”.

If you have already submitted your online application form and did not indicate that you wish to be considered for an MA Bursary you must notify the Department before the deadline.

DEADLINES FOR THE MA BURSARIES

Candidates Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. The departmental deadline by which you must submit your application and ALL supporting documentation is midnight on 3rd January 2016. Please note that this deadline may be earlier than that published on the University web pages. This reflects the exceptionally large number of applications received in this department every year and it allows us to fully and carefully consider each application.

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that ALL documents (including supporting references) reach us by the due date.

Faculty will notify successful candidates by the end of February.

Scholarships for Integrated PhD students

Applicants for the Integrated PhD may apply for a Durham MA bursary to support the first year of their study, and then Home/EU students may apply for an AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral scholarship 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. (Overseas rate students are not eligible to apply for AHRC Northern Bridge awards but may be eligible to apply for the Durham Doctoral Studentships should they be offered in the relevant year.)

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.

Postgraduate Loans

Durham University is proud to announce the launch of an innovative loan product for Postgraduate Taught students.

By collaborating with NEFirst Credit Union Ltd, we are able to offer the opportunity for students to apply for a low cost, ethical loan to provide financial assistance for Postgraduate Taught study.

Full-time, UK, self-financing students will have the opportunity to apply for a loan of up to £7000 towards the cost of tuition fees.

Full details are available here.

Please note that the FAQs section found via the main information page linked to the above addresses a number of specific questions relating to this new loan product. Should you have any further questions please contact the Scholarships and Student Funding Office for further information.

Chevening/Durham Partnership Award

Durham University is a proud partner of Chevening, co-funding ten Chevening/Durham Partnership Awards available to candidates from all Chevening-eligible countries.
These particular awards are being offered in addition to the main Chevening Awards at Durham. The top ten successful candidates will be offered a partnership award and all other successful candidates will receive a Chevening Award through the main programme. Further details can be found at:
https://www.dur.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/university/cheveningdurham/

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK:
https://www.dur.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/university/chevening/

Santander Universities

Kindly supported by a generous gift from Santander Universities, up to 7 scholarships for the academic year 2015/16 will be available at Durham University. Applications are welcomed from prospective Durham University students from selected Latin American countries. Further details can be found at:
https://www.dur.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/university/santander/

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

The Trudeau Foundation invites applications from Canadian students for these prestigious awards. The closing date for digital applications is 12th December 2014.
 
Further details of the awards and how to apply are available at http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs/scholarships and https://www.dur.ac.uk/scholarships/

External Funding

The University provides an extensive list of scholarship and bursary opportunities; please visit the Scholarships webpages for further details. 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

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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.