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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 2015-16 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 11th January 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

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.

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.

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

MA Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a number of scholarships 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 Scholarship. Awards are only open to full-time applicants who are applying to join either a taught or research programme commencing in October 2015.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for a MA Scholarship 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 an MA Scholarship.

Within your online application form you must detail the different elements of the programme on which you plan to study. This should be up to 750 words in length and address the following questions:

  • What is the pathway that you will be following?
  • Which modules, compulsory and/or 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 fit together to provide the foundation for a future PhD?

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

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

DEADLINES FOR THE MA SCHOLARSHIPS

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 31st December 2014. 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 is to allow the department to make full and careful consideration of each applicant.
It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that ALL documents (including supporting references) reach us by this date.

Faculty will inform successful candidates by the end of February.

Durham Doctoral Studentships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a small number of fully funded Durham Doctoral Studentships to new PhD candidates of the very highest calibre.

These studentships will normally provide award-holders with a tuition fee waiver at the appropriate rate (depending on fee status), and a tax-free maintenance grant at the current RCUK rate (in 2014-15 this was £13,863 full-time). Candidates of any nationality are able to apply and these awards are tenable for three years full-time or five years part-time.

To apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship 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 Durham Doctoral Studentship.

Within your online application form, you must provide a summary of your proposed research project. This should be up to 750 words in length and address the following questions:

  • What is the research question or problem that you will be addressing?
  • What is the research context in which the question or problem is located?
  • What contribution to knowledge and understanding do you hope to make?
  • What is the methodology that you will be employing to address your research question/problem?
  • What sources will you be using during your research, where are they located, and how will they be accessed?

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

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.

DEADLINE FOR THE DURHAM DOCTORAL STUDENTSHIPS

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 8th February 2015Please 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 is to allow the department to make full and careful consideration of each applicant.

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that ALL documents (including supporting references and your case for support statement) reach us in a timely manner, and applicants should note the Department’s guidelines on submitting an online application and on the supporting documentation required, with particular note to the references (see page 7).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

If you are eligible to be considered for an AHRC Northern Bridge studentship, you must also apply for one of these. Essentially, this point applies to Home/EU applicants, but the eligibility criteria can be consulted here: http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/studentships/eligibility/ 
Please note the departmental closing date of 11th January 2015.

Home/EU students who apply for an AHRC Northern Bridge Studentship will automatically also be considered eligible for a Durham Doctoral Studentship award without any further application process being required.

If you are an international student, you are ONLY eligible to apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship.

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.

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

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.