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MA Funding

Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships (PSSS)

Durham University is delighted to confirm that up to 100 Postgraduate Taught Scholarships, worth £3,000, will be available to applicants commencing with the University in October 2020. These are means tested awards and those interested are advised to carefully consider the eligibility criteria. Further information including contact details can be found here.

Durham University Alumni Tuition Fee Discount Scheme

All Durham alumni will qualify for a 25% discount on tuition fees (home or overseas) for any taught postgraduate programme in the Arts and Humanities Faculty (the MA by research is not eligible for the enhanced discount). Further information is available here.

MA Bursaries

Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursaries cover fees at the Home/EU rate. This competition has now closed for applicants for 2021 entry.

PhD Funding

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Studentships

These fully-funded studentships now incorporate the former Durham Doctoral Studentships and are open to all applicants regardless of citizenship or residence. The competition for 2021-22 is now open. Information about the competition can be found here.
Please note that the Department's deadline is midnight on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Study applications and all supporting documents and references must be submitted by this date. 

Centre for Catholic Studies

Please see the Centre for Catholic Studies postgraduate bursaries and scholarships page.

Barry Scholarships

Registered postgraduate students in Theology and Religion can apply for these scholarships—usually worth about £500—in October of each year. Information on how to apply is sent to all eligible students.

The Evangelical Graduate Fellowship

The new Evangelical Graduate Fellowship has been established in honour of Professor Walter Moberly with the aim to support postgraduate research students in the Department of Theology and Religion. In line with the donor intent funds up to a total of £1500 may be awarded on a competitive basis.


  • Overseas postgraduate research students in the Department of Theology & Religion, Durham University (DThM, Integrated PhD or PhD)
  • EU, UK & Islands students are not eligible
  • Research has a clear focus on biblical/theological study of the Christian canon of Scripture as the basic text for writing a thesis/dissertation
  • Applicants must be Protestant Evangelical Christians (please see application form for more details)
  • Open to full-time and part-time registered students of Durham University who meet the above criteria, regardless of College affiliation
  • Applicants do not need to reside in Durham University.

Further details and an application form are available on St John’s College website here.

The Hild Bede Trust Postgraduate Theology Scholarships

The Hild Bede Trust offers up to two scholarships a year to postgraduate students of great ability and promise. The value of each scholarship will be £1,000 for one year only. This award is determined jointly by the Department of Theology and Religion and the College of St Hild and St Bede. Recipients of the award will be expected to be members of the College of St Hild and St Bede and will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the College community. Application forms can be obtained from the College or by downloading a copy from the link below. In your application, you will be expected to provide full details of your proposed study as well as a brief description of why you would be a good candidate for an award and how you believe you could contribute as a member of the College of St Hild and St Bede.

Successful applicants will be expected to supply a short report to the Principal of the College of St Hild and St Bede outlining their research and how the award has helped them by the 31 October following their academic year of study. This will be considered by the Hild Bede Trust and may also be used in College publications and marketing materials.

Alternatively, application forms can be obtained directly from the college.

Applications will not be considered after the closing date of 1st March 2021.

Other Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

University Scholarships

The University provides an extensive list of scholarship and bursary opportunities. Please visit Scholarships and Bursaries and Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries for more information.

Chevening Scholarships / Durham Partnership Awards

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. For more information please visit Chevening Scholarships.

Santander Scholarships

Kindly supported by a generous gift from Santander Universities, up to 6 scholarships for the academic year 2018-19 will be available at Durham University. Applications for taught master’s programmes are welcomed from prospective Durham University students from selected countries. For more information please visit Santander Universities.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

The Trudeau Foundation invites applications from Canadian students for these prestigious awards. Further details of the awards and how to apply are available here.

External Funding Opportunities

For further funding opportunities you can visit, the principal gateway to funding opportunities in the UK, which includes several sources of independent funding that could be taken up at any UK university, including Durham.