Northumbria University

Funded Arts and Humanities Studentships at Northumbria University via the Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

Northumbria is part of the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership which offers PhD studentships for individuals to carry out doctoral research at Northumbria with funding for 42 months, and the opportunity for up to 6 months of funded placements. The next intake will be in October 2024 and Northumbria supports applications in the following research subject areas:

  • Architecture: History, Theory and Practice
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Cultural and Museum Studies
  • Cultural Geography
  • Design: History, Theory and Practice
  • Development Studies
  • Drama, Performing Arts and Theatre Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film Based Media: History, Theory and Practice
  • Fine Art: History, Theory and Practice
  • History (including American Studies)
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Music
  • Photography; History, Theory and Practice
  • Political Science and International Studies

Successful candidates benefit from membership of a large AHRC-funded student cohort, and access to shared training, research networks and expertise across the Consortium. The studentships cover your fees and provide a stipend for living expenses. Further financial support is provided for training and research expenditures, and additional costs relating to placements.

Why Northumbria?

Northumbria is ranked in the top 25 Universities in the UK for 'Research Power' in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 and was named 'Best University in the UK' in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2022. You will have the opportunity to join Research and Innovation Groups that are led by leading academic researchers, and we have particular strengths across the Arts and Humanities, as well as the Northumbria School of Design, one of Europe’s leading design schools. We actively encourage appropriate cross-disciplinary conversations, and possess expertise in practice-based research methodologies. Northumbria has a large community of PhD students and sponsors up to 80 studentships each year over and above those supported by external funders. We also have a strong commitment to working with external partnership organisations, and to projects that address real-life problems and tackle the challenges of the modern world.

How do I apply?

Your first step is to contact the Subject Area Lead in your disciplinary area whose name and contact details can be found here. They can assist in finding an appropriate supervisor. That website also provides further details on the application process and eligibility criteria.

To enter the Northern Bridge Consortium studentship competition at Northumbria, you are requested to make informal contact with us no later than 8th December 2023, and then you must apply for a PhD place with us by 9th January 2024. Successful candidates will subsequently be nominated for entry into the Northern Bridge studentship competition in February 2024.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the equality and diversity of our staff and students, as well as the diverse experiences that strengthen our research. We welcome applications from all members of the community and draw the attention of those eligible to the Equality Action Award Studentships.

Further PGR funding opportunities include the Northern Bridge Consortium Staff-Led Collaborative Doctoral Awards which will be advertised here, as well as the internally-funded Research Development Fund Studentship Scheme at Northumbria, also advertised on Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for both schemes, via separate applications.