Northern Bridge

Northern Bridge Consortium is a Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

It brings together the cutting-edge expertise and exceptional resources of Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, Sunderland University, Teesside University and Ulster University and their strategic partners.

We offer more than 60 fully funded studentships per year to outstanding postgraduate researchers across the full range of Arts and Humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines.

Northern Bridge students benefit from supervision, training and development of the highest quality, tailored to the needs of twenty-first-century researchers.

How Will This Benefit You?

We provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:

  • Payment of tuition fees;
  • A maintenance award at the UK Research Councils’ national rate;
  • Support grants;
  • Financial support to participate in a Northern Bridge Autumn Conference, an annual Summer School and a Completion and Leadership Workshop, which include specialist training as well as events focussing on career development and enhancing your employability;
  • Financial support for placements and the acquisition of the skills necessary for you to complete your PhD to the highest standards.

Application Details


Step 1: Complete an Online Postgraduate Application Form

If you wish to apply for a Standard Award you must first explore with the relevant Subject Area Contact/Supervisor whether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported, and identify suitable supervisors.

You must then complete an online postgraduate aplication form to secure an offer from your preferred University.

You must include the code NBC19 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a Northern Bridge award:

  • On the DAP, please tick ‘I will apply separately to an external body’ then enter NBC19 under ‘To which body do you intend to apply?’

The deadline for postgraduate applications to the Northern Bridge studentship competition is 5:00pm, Wednesday 9 January 2019.

Applications received after this date will not be considered for nomination.

Step 2: Complete a Northern Bridge Consortium nomination form

If you are nominated by your subject area to proceed to the second stage of the competition, you will work with your Subject Area Contact and supervisor(s) to complete a Northern Bridge Nomination Form – note this form is only made available to those applicants selected for nomination.


Student Masterclass 

For more information on how to apply please register to attend our Student Masterclass on Wednesday 14 November 2018 from 2-4 PM, Peter Froggatt Centre 2nf floor, room 026.

Northern Bridge Conference

Contact Details

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Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator 028 9097 2562


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