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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


Applications for Northern Bridge Consortium are now closed.

Prospective applicants are expected to read the full Guidance Notes before proceeding with an application to the studentship competition, and to make themselves aware of the timeline:

Guidance Notes

Two nomination routes are offered:

The consortium offers a number of established supervisor-led projects which will be available to view on the CDA page on or just after Monday 11 November 2019. We also welcome CDA proposals from applicants working with non-HE organisations. 

Stage One: Postgraduate Application

Applicants to both the Standard PhD and Collaborative Doctoral Award routes wishing to apply for a studentship must complete a PGR application form via the Direct Application Portal (DAP)   and submit it by 16:00 on Monday 13 January 2020.

Please insert code NBC20 into your application to indicate that you wish to be considered for funding. 

It is vital that applicants to the Standard PhD route consult their prospective School or Department at the earliest opportunity so that the expertise and capacity to supervise the proposed research can be identified, and to ensure that you will be fully supported throughout the competition process.

Stage Two: Applicant Nomination

School/Department-based selection panels then select their strongest nominees on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications, research proposal, relevant experience and references. Those applicants will be asked to complete a Nomination Form, which must be submitted to Northern Bridge by 16:00 on Monday 17 February 2020 by the applicant’s School/Department. Nominations made after this date will not be considered.

The results of the competition are expected to be announced on Wednesday 8 April 2020.


Further information on the Northern Bridge Consortium can be found at: 

Northern Bridge Conference

Contact Details

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Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator 028 9097 2562


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