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The 2018 Studentship Competition is now open.

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership offer studentships under two schemes:

The Standard Awards scheme (Applicant Guidance Notes 2018 (Standard Awards)) for applicant-led projects, including interdisciplinary projects.

The Partnership Awards scheme (Applicant Guidance Notes 2018 (Partnership Awards)), which offers a unique opportunity to conduct PhD research in collaboration with a participating Northern Bridge Strategic Partner organisation. This opens up enhanced access to a wide range of research materials and resources, as well as facilities, training, expert advice, mentoring and supervision, and publication and impact opportunities. A Partnership Award means working with a supervisory team that includes members from one of the Northern Bridge universities as well as from the partner organisation, enhancing your skills and employability while providing defined benefits for the partner organisation.

Northern Bridge will be offering Application Masterclasses for potential applicants to all Northern Bridge universities on Tuesday 14 November 2017 in Belfast and Wednesday 15 November 2017 in Newcastle. The programme will involve presentations by staff and students on how to apply for a Northern Bridge studentship (tailored to conventional and practice-based awards, and to Partnership Awards), as well as surgeries at which you can discuss your proposal with members of academic staff and meet current students. Further information will be posted on our News and Events page in due course.

Before applying for either a Standard Award or a Partnership Award, please read the relevant Guidelines for Applicants.

Step One: 

If you wish to apply for a Standard Award you must first explore with the relevant Subject Area Contact whether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported, and identify suitable supervisors. 

If you wish to apply for a Partnership Award, you must first submit an Expression of Interest form, clearly indicating the relevant Partner and Research Field, and email it to: northernbridge.admin@newcastle.ac.uk by 17:00 on 20 October 2017.

EoIs will be reviewed by both the Northern Bridge Academic Directors and Strategic Partners, and applicants will be notified of their decisions by 31 October 2017.

Step Two: Complete an Online Postgraduate Application Form:

All applicants, under either scheme, are then required to apply through the online application form of the University at which you would like to study. You must include the code AH18 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a Northern Bridge award:

  • Applicants to Newcastle University should quote AH18 under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ and ‘Who is your sponsor/funding body?’
  • Applicants to Durham University should insert AH18 where asked on the form ‘How do you intend to finance your tuition fees and living expenses?’
  • Applicants to Queen’s University Belfast should tick ‘I will apply separately to an external body’ then enter AH18 under ‘To which body do you intend to apply?’

The deadline for postgraduate applications to the Northern Bridge studentship competition is 5:00pm, Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Applications received after this date will not be considered for nomination.

If you are nominated by your subject area to proceed to the second stage of the competition, you will work with your Subject Area Contact and supervisor(s) to complete a Northern Bridge Nomination Form – note this form is only made available to those applicants selected for nomination. The deadline for receipt of Nomination Forms is 5:00pm, Wednesday 14 February 2018.

The results of the competition will be announced on Friday 23 March 2018.