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Postgraduate scholarships and bursaries

A range of funding opportunities is available to applicants to postgraduate programmes in the Arts and Humanities Faculty. Inevitably, these schemes are highly competitive and require applicants to demonstrate evidence of outstanding potential and a very strong academic performance to date. The Music Department has an excellent track record of success in securing several scholarships for its students every year, and we will work closely with suitable candidates to support them throughout the application process.

In most cases (including the university’s internal funding schemes and external schemes such as the AHRC Northern Bridge studentships), you will be required to submit a detailed research proposal outlining the project that you intend to undertake. The quality, originality, and significance of your proposed project are key criteria in assessing applications, so it is vitally important to ensure that your proposal is as high-quality as possible if you are to stand a realistic chance of success. We strongly recommend that you seek feedback on your proposal from your prospective supervisor well in advance of applying, allowing sufficient time to revise it in the light of his or her recommendations.

Funding opportunities for applicants to Masters programmes

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities offers bursaries for MA programmes that cover full fees at the home rate. For more details, see here. If you wish to be considered for an MA bursary, you must complete Durham University’s online postgraduate application form and submit the supporting documentation specified here by 4pm GMT, Friday 11 December 2020.

Funding opportunities for applicants to doctoral programmes

The Music Department invites applications for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. The Department's research staff offers a broad spectrum of supervisory expertise in musicology, music analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, and acoustic and electroacoustic composition. Details of our academic staff and their individual research interests can be found at

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership offers high-quality supervision and exceptional resources, as well as the expertise of a broad portfolio of Strategic Partners for the training and development of outstanding Arts and Humanities postgraduate researchers.

The awards cover tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant at the RCUK national rate for UK applicants. International applicants are also welcome, and the faculty will cover the fee shortfall for international students who are offered Northern Bridge studentships.

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level (or equivalent professional experience), as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project.

The Northern Bridge DTP operates two funding schemes - Standard Route studentships, and Collaborative Doctoral Awards which involve collaboration with a partner organisation. Applicants should consult a potential supervisor from our academic staff to discuss the viability of their research proposal ( and can find instructions for making an official application online (

For further information about both schemes and detailed guidance notes, see

If you wish to apply for an AHRC studentship, you must complete Durham University’s online postgraduate application form and submit the supporting documentation specified here by 4:00pm, Monday 30 November 2020. We strongly recommend that you contact prospective supervisors as far in advance of this deadline as possible to discuss your application. The deadline will be adhered to strictly and late applications cannot be considered.

Information about other external funding opportunities (some of which are restricted to applicants of specific nationalities) is available here.