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Department of Humanities

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

The Department of Humanities is pleased to offer funded studentships including a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2018/19, this is £14,777 pa) and full tuition fees.

Contact for queries relating to academic proposals: Dr Katherine Baxter

We welcome proposals in our Humanities disciplines that speak to our interdisciplinary research group themes:

American Studies: on any aspect of the history, literature, and culture of the pre-1776 North American colonies, the United States, and the Caribbean.

Conflict and Society: all aspects of the history and literature of ‘conflict', including Holocaust and Genocide studies; civilian experience, nationalism and loyalism, pacifism, memory, and understandings of time in periods of conflict.

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

Environmental Humanities: broad range of environmental themes, historical and/or literary.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies: any aspect of literature from this period.

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

Global and Transnational History: especially on identities and boundaries; organised networks across borders; culture clashes or cooperation in contested spaces.

Histories of Activism: any aspect of activism, from the local to the international, with a particular emphasis on activism and culture.

Language and Linguistics: general field of descriptive and empirical linguistics, including individual differences in language processing; aspects of second language speech and teaching; and evolution of language and cognition in early humans or precursor species.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies: all aspects of the social and cultural life of the medieval and early modern periods.

Music: Voices and instruments in British music, c.1550 to c.1750, embracing a wide variety of musicological and practice-led approaches.

Power and Politics in Language and Literature: the 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: proposals are invited on any aspect of book history, print cultures, bibliography, digitisation and textual scholarship.

For further information see

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

· 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 for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

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

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Applicants submitting proposals aligned to subject areas advertised who have sought refuge in the UK may be eligible for a Sanctuary Studentship – see further eligibility details

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference RDF19/HUMANITIES will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Friday 25 January 2019

Start Date: 1 October 2019

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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