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

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, a collaboration of seven universities in North East England and Northern Ireland dedicated to offering world class training to its students. Membership of the Northern Bridge Consortium allows PhD students based at Northumbria to carry out doctoral research with an AHRC studentship funded for 42 months. The next intake of Northern Bridge Consortium students at Northumbria will be in October 2023.

Northumbria is offering AHRC-funded PhD opportunities across a broad range of Arts and Humanities disciplines:

  • Visual Arts (including Fine Art Practice and Art & Design History)
  • Museum Studies (including Arts & Heritage Management)
  • Drama, Performing Arts and Theatre Studies
  • Media (including Cultural, Film & TV Studies and Film & Media Practice)
  • Cultural Geography
  • Development Studies
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Criminology
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Design
  • Architecture: History, Theory and Practice
  • History (including American Studies)
  • Music
  • English Literature (including Creative Writing)
  • Linguistics

Northern Bridge students at Northumbria will benefit from being part of a larger AHRC-funded student cohort, and will be able to join networks, access shared training, and harness expertise across the Consortium. Northern Bridge studentships cover your fees and provide a stipend to cover living expenses. Students can access further financial support for training and research expenses, and for additional costs relating to a placement.

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. As a PhD student you will join a large, diverse cohort of multidisciplinary researchers. We actively encourage cross-disciplinary conversations between our researchers. As a PhD student you will have the opportunity to join Research and Innovation Groups that are led by leading academic researchers. We have strengths across the Arts and Humanities, as well as Northumbria School of Design, one of Europe’s leading design schools. We have particular expertise in the methodologies of practice-based research in areas such as fine art, performing arts, design, architecture, and creative writing. 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 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.

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

How do I apply?

Your first step is to contact the Subject Area Lead in your disciplinary area. Their contact details are in the web link below. Your Subject Area Lead will help you find an appropriate supervisor for your project.

To apply for a Northern Bridge Consortium studentship at Northumbria, you must first apply for a PhD place with us through our standard application procedure, for which the deadline is 10th January 2023. Prospective applicants are asked to make informal contact with us no later than 9th December 2022. Following application, successful candidates will be nominated for entry into the Northern Bridge studentship competition.

Further details on the application process including eligibility criteria, our full range of subjects, and Subject Area Leads, can be found here.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the equality and diversity of our staff and students. We welcome applications from all members of the community. We value the diverse routes that our PhD students take to get here, and we recognise that this diversity of experience leads to stronger research. In connection with this, we draw attention to the Equality Action Award Studentship: please see the guidance on this under the ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Widening Participation (WP)’ section of the open studentship competition. Our Subject Area Leads will actively support and encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, offering guidance on the full application process as well as in relation to the EAA Studentship.

Funding for PGR study at Northumbria is also available via the PGRDF scheme also advertised on Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for both schemes if they wish.

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