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Postgraduate Funding

 

Opportunities for postgraduate study

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC) at Durham University offers a number of funding opportunities at MA and PhD level, including AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (NBDTP), Barker Doctoral Scholarships in Modern European Languages, Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS), Durham-China Scholarships Council (CSC) Doctoral Studentships, Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, Faculty MA Bursaries, and Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships.

The DDS provides an annual maintenance allowance at RCUK rates and covers fees at overseas rate. The Wolfson Scholarship covers the full cost of the PhD, including a travel allowance. Applicants to the NBDTP or DDS competitions will automatically be entered into the Wolfson competition.

Please note that while we strive to keep the details on this page up to date, the information on the dedicated web pages for the individual funding schemes listed here takes precedence if there are any discrepancies. For a more complete list of funding opportunities and updated fees information, please see Durham University’s Postgraduate scholarships and bursaries and the Faculty of Arts Postgraduate funding pages.

For most of the funding schemes below, students should apply via the University’s online application system and state that they wish to be considered for one of the studentships or grants outlined below when the form asks them to indicate how they intend to fund their studies. Please take note of the different funding scheme deadlines. Although the deadlines for funding applications are in January, applicants are strongly encouraged to be in touch with their potential supervisors well in advance of these dates.

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Funding opportunities for applicants to MA programmes

 

1. Faculty MA bursaries (for both Research and Taught Programmes)

Please note, the deadlines for the 2021/22 cycle have now passed. Dates for 2022/23 will be released soon.

Benefits

MA bursaries are tenable for 12 months (full-time) and cover full fees at home/EU rate for taught or research MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for candidates with the following:

  • A first-class or very good 2:1 undergraduate degree.
  • Outstanding research potential.
  • A high-quality research/dissertation project.
  • A firm intention to progress to doctoral study.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Faculty MA bursary, you must apply to commence an MA programme within one of the Faculty's departments. For more details, please see the Faculty MA Bursaries page.

 

2. Postgraduate student support scholarships

Read up-to-date information on Postgraduate Taught Scholarships.

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Funding opportunities for applicants to PhD programmes

 

 1. AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Please note, the deadlines for the 2021/22 cycle have now passed. Dates for 2022/23 will be released soon.

The Northern Bridge Consortium offers fully funded doctoral studentships to outstanding applicants across the full range of arts and humanities subjects and creative practice disciplines. International students as well as UK students are eligible to apply. Applicants are expected to demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project.

This generally means a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and performance at or around distinction level in an MA degree. International students as well as UK students are eligible to apply. European Union applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award from the AHRC (institutional funds permitting, maintenance awards may be offered to successful EU applicants).

For more information see the Durham Northern Bridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership or Northern Bridge Consortium pages.

 

2. Barker Doctoral Scholarships in Modern European Languages

Please note, the deadlines for the 2021/22 cycle have now passed. Dates for 2022/23 will be released soon.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures intends to award one Barker Doctoral Scholarship to UK postgraduate researchers who demonstrate exceptional potential within the field of Modern European Languages for entry in October 2021.

Eligible languages areas will be French, German, Italian, Russian, and Hispanic Studies, as well as comparative projects that work across two or more of these fields. Projects should focus predominantly on literature and thought; those focused wholly or primarily on film and visual culture will not be eligible.

Benefits

Barker Doctoral Scholarships are tenable for a maximum of three years full-time or six years part-time, and offer the following financial support package:

  • Full tuition fees at home/EU rates.
  • An annual maintenance allowance at UKRI rates.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for candidates with the following:

  • A first-class or very good 2:1 undergraduate degree.
  • An MA (completed or in progress) in a relevant subject area at distinction or near-distinction level.
  • An outstanding academic record and exceptional research potential.
  • A high-quality research project that can be completed within a maximum of three years full-time or six years part-time.
  • A clear and credible link between the proposed research and the expertise of the supervisory team.
  • A clear understanding of how the project fits with the research environments in which it will be carried out (you may wish to comment here on the relevance of research groups, centres or institutes). 

Eligibility

Applicants from the UK and EU are eligible for Barker Doctoral Scholarships. Eligible Northern Bridge applicants at Durham will automatically be entered into the Barker Doctoral Scholarship competition as well.

To be eligible for a Barker Doctoral Scholarship, you must have applied to the MLAC PhD Programme for the 2021–22 academic year.

*Please note: the award cannot be deferred and it is assumed that successful candidates will start in October 2021.

How to apply

To apply for the Barker Doctoral Scholarship, you will need to complete Durham University’s online application form and to state that you wish to be considered for the Barker Doctoral Scholarship when the form asks you to indicate how you intend to fund your studies. If you have already submitted an application, please contact MLAC and inform us that you wish to be considered for Barker Doctoral Scholarship funding.

All applicants applying for the Barker Doctoral Scholarship need to include within the relevant section of the online application form a summary of the research project they plan to conduct. The proposal should not exceed 750 words in length and must set out the following:

  • The research questions or problems that the research will address.
  • The research context, i.e. the past and current research and scholarship in the field.
  • Bearing in mind the research context, the contribution to knowledge and understanding the project will make to the field, and a clear statement of the intellectual significance of the proposed research.
  • The approach/methodology that will be employed and an explanation of why it is the most appropriate approach for addressing the research questions/problems.
  • The resources and facilities that will be used during the research project, where they are located, and how they will be accessed.

Selection process

MLAC will review your application and decide whether or not to recommend it for funding. Results will begin to be announced by the University’s Scholarships, Student Funding and Student Immigration Office by Wednesday 14 April 2021. Successful candidates will be contacted in the first instance by email, and unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome by MLAC.

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 3. Durham Doctoral Studentships

Please note, the deadlines for the 2021/22 cycle have now passed. Dates for 2022/23 will be released soon.

Applicants from anywhere in the world are eligible for Durham Doctoral Studentships. These Awards are tenable for three years full-time or five years part-time, and offer the following financial support package: an annual maintenance allowance at Research Council rates and fees at overseas rate.

Find more information on Durham Doctoral Studentships.

 

 4. Durham-China Scholarships Council (CSC) Doctoral Studentships

Please note, the deadlines for the 2021/22 cycle have now passed. Dates for 2022/23 will be released soon.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application. This excludes Hong Kong and Macau.Chinese citizens studying PGT programmes at overseas institutions are eligible, as long as their permanent address is in PR China.
  • Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for a PhD programme at Durham,including English language requirements by the time of application to the CSC.
  • Successful candidates are required to return home upon completion of their studies.
  • Students who have already commenced their doctoral degree at Durham are not eligible.

Selection criteria

  • The economic and societal impact of the research will be taken into account when selecting nominees.
  • Research proposals should be detailed, showing a clear timeline structured for completion in three years.

How to apply

To apply for the Durham-CSC Doctoral Studentship, you will need to complete Durham University’s online application form, and to state that you wish to be considered for the Durham-CSC Doctoral Studentship when the form asks you to indicate how you intend to fund your studies. If you have already submitted an application, please contact MLAC and inform us that you wish to be considered for Durham-CSC Doctoral Studentship funding.

Selection process

MLAC and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will review your application and decide whether or not to recommend it for funding by the CSC. Results will begin to be announced by the University’s Scholarships, Student Funding and Student Immigration Office by end of May 2021.