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Department of Humanities (Advert Reference: RDF23/ADSS/HUMANITIES)

  Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

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 Friday, January 27, 2023
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

These studentships are popular and competitive. Please contact a PGR Subject Leads in the Department of Humanities before applying so they can connect you with an appropriate supervisor:

Dr Patrick Andelic (History) 

Dr Paul Frazer, (English Literature & Creative Writing) 

Dr Phillip Wallage (Linguistics)  

American Studies: any aspect of history, literature, and culture of the United States and wider Americas, from the pre-1776 North American colonies to present day.

Conflict and Society: the study of ‘conflict', including Holocaust and Genocide studies; civilian and domestic experiences, nationalism, loyalism, pacifism, memory, and understandings of time.

Creative Writing: practice-led research projects in prose or poetry.

Environmental Humanities: any aspect of environmental history and literature, including environmental management and activism, nature writing and ecocriticism.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies: any aspect of literary culture from the period, including interdisciplinary projects, especially related to: print culture, periodicals and scholarly editing; medical humanities; environmental humanities; women's writing; heritage, the wider arts and theatre.

Gendered Subjects: any aspects of British/North American representation of gender and/or sexual identities, in fiction, magazines, film and television, including queer and feminist theory.

Global and Transnational History: global, transnational, and spatial approaches to history, including identities and boundaries; organised networks across borders; cultural interactions; global political economy, capitalism and technology.

Histories of Activism: exploring approaches and perspectives on activism in its myriad forms, from the local to the global. Expertise on transnational activism, anti-imperialism, culture, race, gender, society, education, left/right politics, and more.

Language and Linguistics: descriptive and empirical projects in applied linguistics, forensic linguistics, language learning and teaching, language and cognition, discourse analysis and stylistics, language variation and change, language attitudes, pragmatics, evolution of communication.

Medicine, Health, and Wellbeing in the Humanities: historical and contemporary literatures and languages of health and illness; histories of health, medicine & wellbeing; mental and cognitive health, illness, and wellbeing; health inequalities and marginalisation; allied health humanities

Medieval and Early Modern Studies: range of interdisciplinary and intersectional expertise on Britain, Ireland, France and Spain, focusing on cultural, environmental, political and social history, literature, music and art.

Music: encompassing history, opera, performance practice, critical editing of music, material culture (print, manuscript, instruments), auditory cultures, and music in myth and literature.

Power and Politics in Language and Literature: politics of education; feminism; law; migration and multilingualism; histories of racism and slavery; social and linguistic inclusion/exclusion; and social justice.

Scholarly Editing and Print Culture: any aspect of book history, print cultures, bibliography, digitisation and textual scholarship.


Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please read the funding notes which include advice for international and part-time applicants.

Studentships are available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £10,600 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities. International applicants (including EU) need to have valid immigration permission to live and study in the UK if they wish to study part-time (Northumbria University does not sponsor part-time Student Visas).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Academic excellence of 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 for this funding if engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere, or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see:


Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words, or do not include the advert reference RDF23/ADSS/HUMANITIES will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 27th January 2023

Start Date: 1st October 2023

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.

Funding Notes

Each studentship supports a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2022/23 full-time study this is currently £17,668 per year) and full tuition fees. UK and international (including EU) candidates may apply.
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