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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 their recommendations.

Funding opportunities for applicants to Masters programmes


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

See here for details of the Faculty MA bursary scheme for October 2022 entry.

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.

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.

Applicants for the Faculty MA Bursary are required to submit a 750-word research proposal outlining the major project that they intend to undertake. We strongly recommend that you seek advice on preparing this proposal from a member of the department’s staff who may potentially act as your supervisor, as it will furnish one of the most important bases on which your application will be assessed.

If you wish to apply for MA bursary, you must complete Durham University’s online postgraduate application form and submit the supporting documentation by 4:00pm, Friday 10 December 2021 to allow the department time to review your application. 

2. Postgraduate student support scholarships

Information about other internal and external funding opportunities (some of which are restricted to applicants of specific nationalities) can be accessed from the University’s Scholarships page. Follow the links to Postgraduate Scholarships and (if applicable) International Scholarships.


Funding opportunities for applicants to doctoral programmes


1. AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

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.

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, Friday 10 December 2021 to allow the department time to review your application. 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.

2. Durham Doctoral Studentships

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.

Applicants for Northern Bridge Scholarships (see above) will automatically be considered for the Durham Doctoral Studentships scheme.

3. Other Doctoral Scholarships

Information about other internal and external funding opportunities (some of which are restricted to applicants of specific nationalities) can be accessed from the University’s Scholarships page. Follow the links to Postgraduate Scholarships and (if applicable) International Scholarships.