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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.

Professor Fran Brearton




Professor of English, School of Arts, English and Languages 



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.

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

We also offer the opportunity for all students to undertake a fully funded placement at a relevant organisation, check out what one of our students Jonathan Small got up to with our partners at National Museums Northern Ireland Minecraft



Application Details

Application Masterclasses

Queen's is holding a masterclass for prospective applicants on Friday, 2 December 2022, from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm via teams.  Please register here:  A meeting invitation for the teams meeting will be sent on the morning of the event to all registered participants. The sessions are designed to take you through the application process and there will also be time for lots of questions!


Applications for Northern Bridge Consortium have now closed and will reopen in October 2023.

If you wish to apply for NBC funding you need to state this on your PhD application to Queen's University.  You need to insert NBC23 under the section regarding external funding. The deadline for applications is 10 January 2023

Please ensure you read the guidance in connection with the competition: Northern Bridge DTP




Northern Bridge Conference
Contact Details
Need more information - why not come to one of our masterclasses?

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator

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