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Funded Studentship for Applicants with a Link to Cumbria

Funded Studentship for Applicants with a Link to Cumbria (KEN24/MPEE/HOWATSON)

This opportunity is only available to students classed as UK students. International students are not eligible.

Northumbria University is delighted to offer fully-funded three year studentships specific to applicants who have a link to Cumbria. The studentship is a partnership between a charity organisation and Northumbria University and will cover full tuition fees for three years and a monthly stipend at UKRI rates.

Applicants who were born in the Cumbrian region, or have lived there for several years are eligible to apply. In addition, the broad areas of study should incorporate either physics, mathematics, or metallurgy. Applicants are encouraged from all disciplines that might be informed by the parent areas of study, for example, chemistry and biosciences, biomechanics, engineering, computing, and environment, accounting and areas of business and finance, arts and design, and the psycho-social sciences. Therefore, candidates are asked to consider all manner of topics that might speak to physics, mathematics and metallurgy.

In the first instance, interested candidates are encouraged to contact the below email so a supervisor can be identified to support potential areas of study and submission of an application.

Academic Enquiries

For informal academic queries, please contact We recommend you make contact prior to formally applying.

For all other enquiries relating to eligibility or application, contact

Funded Studentship for Applicants with a Link to Cumbria

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should write a short explanation at the bottom of their personal statement about their link to Cumbria.

Academic eligibility criteria consists of:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply if they are already a PhD holder or if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

Please note: to be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet one of the following criteria

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have settled status, or
  • have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student. Applicants will need to be in the UK and fully enrolled before stipend payments can commence.

Funded Studentship for Applicants with a Link to Cumbria

How to Apply

For further details of how to apply and the application form, visit our website.

For applications to be considered for interview, please include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words, your personal statement and the advert reference (e.g. KEN24…)

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 4th June 2024

Start date of course: 1st October 2024

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Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our doctoral students. We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme. We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers.