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PhD studentships in the Arts and Humanities

PhD studentships in the Arts and Humanities for 2020 entry

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership is offering up to 67 PhD studentships for 2020 entry, including a number of Collaborative Doctoral (project) awards with regional and national organisations. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

The Partnership brings together the cutting-edge expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, Teesside University, Sunderland University and Ulster University. Northern Bridge students benefit from supervision, training and development of the highest quality, tailored to the needs of twenty-first-century researchers.

We invite applications in the following subject areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture History, Theory and Practice
  • Asiatic and Oriental Studies
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural and Museum Studies
  • Cultural Geography
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • History
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Linguistics (ELLLs)
  • Linguistics (ECLs)
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Policy, Arts Management and Creative Industriesy
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Student led CDAs

The Award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend at the UKRI postgraduate rate, currently £15,009. Plus additional funding to cover other study-related costs, (study abroad, presenting at conferences, etc).


Candidates must have a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and perform at or around Distinction level in a Master’s degree. Candidates with lower qualifications may be considered if they can demonstrate that relevant professional practice or work experience has equipped them with equivalent academic and research skills.

Applicants must apply to commence a programme of doctoral study in the 2020/21 academic year starting 1 October 2020. Applicants who have already commenced their doctoral studies are eligible to apply providing they will have completed no more than 18 months full-time or 36 months part-time study by 1 October 2020.

Awards are available to UK/EU applicants only. EU 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, the Northern Bridge Consortium may offer maintenance awards to EU applicants selected for studentships.

Further details about the AHRC's eligibility requirements can be found in UKRI’s Training Grant Guide.

Closing date

The application deadline is Monday 13th January 2020 at 4:00pm..

Apply now

Full guidance on how to apply can be found on our website or contact us:

Sarah Rylance
Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator
Tel. +44 (0)191 208 6190
Email: [email protected]

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