How to Apply
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:
- Northern Bridge Studentship Competition Guidance Notes 2019/2020 - Please note that the studentship competition dates were revised on 13 February 2020, and candidates should refer to the "Studentship Competition Timeline 2019-2020" and below for revised details.
- Studentship Competition Timeline 2019-2020
Two nomination routes are offered:
- Standard PhD
- Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA)
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.
The studentship competition is a two-stage process:
Stage One: Postgraduate Application
Applicants to both the Standard PhD and Collaborative Doctoral Award routes wishing to apply for a studentship must complete their chosen University’s online postgraduate application form and submit it by 16:00 on Monday 13 January 2020.
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.
We strongly recommend that you contact your prospective School/Department as early in the process as possible. Schools/departments may set an earlier internal deadline by which they intend to have a final selection of nominees who they will support through to submission on or before Monday 17 February. If you approach a School/Department close to this nomination deadline, it is unlikely they will be able to support your application.
The results of the competition are expected to be announced from Tuesday 5 May 2020. This is subject to administrative processes at a student's home institution, and may be later in some instances. Successful candidates are expected to accept (or decline) their award within two weeks of notification of the outcome.