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University College

Visiting Academics and Scholarships

Senior Research Visiting Fellowships

This status is to enable senior academics from other universities to carry out research in Durham for a period of one term, during which Fellows are offered full board and accommodation, with up to £200 available towards travel expenses incurred in taking up the Fellowship.

The College has two Fellowships which are offered each academic year: the Pemberton Fellowship and the Slater Fellowship. These are hosted in conjunction with the Global Policy Institute and the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, with these institutes proposing potential candidates. The final decision on candidates is made by the Master of University College.

During tenure, Fellows are expected to engage in academic work within their subject, to participate fully in the life of the College and their proposing Institute, and to deliver a public lecture or seminar hosted within College and organised jointly with College and the Fellow’s host institute. Both the College and host institute must be acknowledged in any resulting output form the Fellowship.

Interest and informal enquiries should be directed to:

- Professor David Held (, Co-Director, for the Institute of Global Policy

- Professor John O’Brien (john.o', Director, for the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Castle Research Visiting Fellowships

The Visiting Castle Research Fellowships are to facilitate the academic study of Durham Castle, with the aim of furthering the knowledge and appreciation of this key part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Applications are therefore welcome from both academics and research students on any aspect of the Castle which the applicant feels furthers knowledge of this historic building. These Fellowships are held during College vacation periods, and provide accommodation only, with the length of stay to be agreed with College.

Applications are particularly welcome from individuals who would be working with departments and scholars linked to the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies: The final decision on candidates is made by the Master of University College, following discussion with the Castle Curator (Ms Gemma Lewis) and any other relevant departments and individuals.

Initial interest and informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr Richard Lawrie (, Vice Master & Senior Tutor, University College.

Honorary Research Fellows

Honorary titles are used to recognise the contribution of individuals, who are not employees of the University, to the activities of the College.

The purpose of this award is to identify, and in some circumstances to encourage, an association with industry, commerce, government research establishments, or the arts and sciences. The title will normally be conferred upon an individual whose involvement with College is both regular and significant, whilst bearing in mind the constraints placed on individuals by their normal work activities. It is expected that the individual will have some recognised distinction in their field of expertise.

No honorary title can be awarded to a current employee of the College or University. In addition to recognising formally the contribution that individuals may make to the College, the conferment of an honorary title allows full access to the College’s facilities, and following discussion wider University services. The period of tenure, which includes free SCR membership for the period of the Fellowship, is at the discretion of the Master.

Interested applicants should contact the Master of the College, Professor David Held (, who will consider the possible form of engagement with the College.

University College Durham Trust MA in Museum and Artefact Studies Scholarship

The University College Durham Trust Scholarship is provided by University College Durham Trust in memory of Lt-Col Angus Alexander Macfarlane-Grieve, Master of University College from 1939-1953, and funded by donations made by the College’s alumni.

The scholarship holder will have access to the College collections while undertaking their studies, research and dissertation and may potentially support both the Curator and the wider College in its efforts to improve the College as a museum and accessible heritage site. The course is carried out part-time over a period of two years. In addition a willingness to play a full part in the life of the College and Department of Archaeology is expected.

The Scholarship includes part-time course fees and accommodation within University College (catered during term time only) for each year of the two year course.

More information.

Richard King Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is available thanks to a generous gift from the Richard King Foundation. Further information TBC

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Pemberton Postgraduate Scholarships

For the use of postgraduate students of University College, the Pemberton Scholarships offer a number of grants to financially support students of the College. These comprise:

- Three Pemberton Doctoral Scholarships of £1000 a year for three years. One Scholarship is offered each year.

- Two Pemberton Masters Scholarships of £500 for a year. These Scholarships are offered each year.

Holders of the Pemberton Doctoral Scholarship are expected to give a lecture in College on their research area at an appropriate point during their research. Holders of the Pemberton Masters Scholarship are expected to give either talk and/or participate in one of College’s postgraduate poster sessions at an appropriate point during their course. It is expected that those receiving postgraduate scholarships play an active role in the life of the College and their Common Room, and undertake the role of Junior Mentor within College.

The final decision on candidates is made by the Master of University College.

Interested current postgraduates and those with a confirmed offer to study a postgraduate course at University College should direct and enquiries to: Dr Richard Lawrie (, Vice Master & Senior Tutor, University College.

Applications for 2017 are now open, and close on Friday 16th June 2017.


Pemberton Undergraduate Scholarships

Pemberton Undergraduate Scholarshipsare made to undergraduates from lower income households, to assist with the cost of attending University College. The total amount per student is currently £500 per year over the length of the undergraduate course, with two awards made to two students each year. Holders of these Scholarships are expected to play an active role within the life of College, and meet all academic requirements.

Students should direct any enquires on these scholarships to the Senior Tutor, Dr Richard Lawrie ( The final decision on candidates is made by the Master of University College, following discussion with the Senior Tutor.

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