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Northern Bridge offers over fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships to outstanding applicants across the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines.

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 (currently £14,057 per annum);
  • a research training support grant (RTSG) to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
  • financial support to participate in the annual Northern Bridge Autumn Conference, Winter School and Summer School, which include specialist training as well as events focussing on career development and enhancing your employability;
  • financial support for placements, international study visits and the acquisition of the skills necessary for you to complete your PhD to the highest standards.

Subject Areas

Northern Bridge invites applications in the following subject areas, and strongly encourages interdisciplinary projects encompassing two or more of these:

  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Geography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Ethnography and Anthropology*
  • Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • History
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Italian Studies
  • Law and Legal Studies*
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Studies (Diplomacy & International Relations)*
  • Russian Studies
  • Theology, Divinity and Religion
  • Visual Arts, encompassing Art Theory & Aesthetics, and theoretical, historical, critical and practice-based approaches to the following: Fine Art; Digital Arts; Photography; Community Art; Installation Art; Sound Art; Film-/ Time-Based Art; and Architecture

*PhD research in these subject areas is also funded by the ESRC. Information on Subjects where the AHRC and the ESRC share interests and responsibilities is available in the AHRC's Research Funding Guide, Version 2.8 (May 2015), pp.94-5.