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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.


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

The consortium is hosting two online Application Masterclasses for prospective applicants on Tuesday 9 November, 2:00-3:30pm, and repeated on Thursday 11 November, 10:00-11:30am. Each session can accommodate 100 attendees, and is available to book via Eventbrite

Please only sign up for one event. 

These sessions are desgined to take you through the application process and there will also be time for lots of questions!  This year, all masterclasses will be held virtually. 


Applications for Northern Bridge Consortium are now open! 

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 NBC22 under the section regarding external funding. 

Please ensure you read the guidance in connection with the competition: NBC Competition 


Deadline for applications is 12 January 2022 


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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