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Department of Theology and Religion

Postgraduate Funding

MA Funding

Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships (PSSS)

Durham University is delighted to confirm that up to 100 Postgraduate Taught Scholarships, worth £3,000, will be available to applicants commencing with the University in October 2018. These are means tested awards and those interested are advised to carefully consider the eligibility criteria. Further information including contact details can be found here.

Please note that the competition opens on 16th March and closes on 25 May 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 30th August 2018.

Durham University Alumni Tuition Fee Discount Scheme

If your first degree is from Durham University you are eligible for a 25% discount on the MA fees. Further information is available here.

MA Bursaries

Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursaries cover full fees at the Home/EU rate. The competition for 2018-19 is now open, and information about it is available here. The departmental closing date for applications is midnight on 1st January 2018.

PhD Funding

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Studentships

The competition for 2018-19 is now open. Information about the competition can be found here.
Please note that the Department's deadline is midnight on Sunday 3 December 2017. Applications with all supporting documents and references must be submitted by this date. Further information can be found here.

Durham Doctoral Studentships

The competition for 2018-19 is now open. Information about the competition can be found here.
Please note that the Department's deadline is midnight on Sunday 3 December 2017. Applications with all supporting documents and references must be submitted by this date. Further information can be found here.

Centre for Catholic Studies

Catherine McAuley Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries

These scholarships and bursaries, funded by the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, meet the fees (one year, renewable) for the taught MA in Christian Theology (Catholic Studies), and for our research degrees: MA by Research, MLitt, DThM, Integrated PhD, and PhD. Eligible applicants must undertake research in Catholic studies or Catholic theology and reside close enough to Durham to be able to take a full part in the life and work of the Centre for Catholic Studies. For more information please contact the CCS Administrator, Mrs Theresa Phillips. Applicants must have applied for a relevant degree programme by Friday 11 May 2018, and for the scholarships by Monday 28 May 2018.

Mary Ward Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries

These scholarships and bursaries, funded by the Congregation of Jesus, meet the fees (one year, renewable) for the taught MA in Christian Theology (Catholic Studies), and for our research degrees: MA by Research, MLitt, DThM, Integrated PhD, and PhD. Eligible applicants must undertake research in Catholic studies or Catholic theology and reside close enough to Durham to be able to take a full part in the life and work of the Centre for Catholic Studies. For more information please contact the CCS Administrator, Mrs Theresa Phillips. Applicants must have applied for a relevant degree programme by Friday 11 May 2018, and for the scholarships by Monday 28 May 2018.

Louis La Fosse Bicentenary Scholarship

This scholarship, funded by the Institute for Christian Education, meets the fees and provides a maintenance allowance (over three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress), for someone studying for a PhD in Catholic studies or Catholic theology. For more information please contact the CCS Administrator, Mrs Theresa Phillips. Applicants must have applied for a relevant degree programme by Friday 11 May 2018, and for the scholarships by Monday 28 May 2018.

For further information on the Centre for Catholic Studies and its awards please follow this link.

Barry Scholarships

Registered postgraduate students in Theology and Religion can apply for these scholarships—usually worth about £500—in October of each year. Information on how to apply is sent to all eligible students.

Hild Bede Trust Postgraduate Theology Scholarships

The Hild Bede Trust offers up to two scholarships a year to postgraduate students of great ability and promise. The value of each scholarship will be £1,000 for one year only. This award is determined jointly by the Department of Theology and Religion and the College of St Hild and St Bede. Recipients of the award will be expected to be members of the College of St Hild and St Bede and will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the College community. Application forms can be obtained from the Student Support Team Leader at theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk. In your application, you will be expected to provide full details of your proposed study as well as a brief description of why you would be a good candidate for an award and how you believe you could contribute as a member of the College of St Hild and St Bede.

Successful applicants will be expected to supply a short report to the Principal of the College of St Hild and St Bede outlining their research and how the award has helped them by the 31 October following their academic year of study. This will be considered by the Hild Bede Trust and may also be used in College publications and marketing materials.

Alternatively, application forms can be downloaded here.

Applications will not be considered after the closing date of 16th March 2018.

Teaching and Research Assistants

As part of our overall programme in professional development, doctoral students are entitled to apply for paid work in the department as Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants. For more information, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Training.

Other Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

University Scholarships

The University provides an extensive list of scholarship and bursary opportunities. Please visit Scholarships and Bursaries and Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries for more information.

Chevening Scholarships / Durham Partnership Awards

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. For more information please visit Chevening Scholarships.

Santander Scholarships

Kindly supported by a generous gift from Santander Universities, up to 6 scholarships for the academic year 2018-19 will be available at Durham University. Applications for taught master’s programmes are welcomed from prospective Durham University students from selected countries. The closing date is 16 March 2018. For more information please visit Santander Universities.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

The Trudeau Foundation invites applications from Canadian students for these prestigious awards. Further details of the awards and how to apply are available here.

External Funding Opportunities

For further funding opportunities you can 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.