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The 2017 Studentship Competition is now closed. The details below are provided for information.

NEW THIS YEAR: The Northern Bridge Partnership Awards for Doctoral Study

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership is proud to announce its new Partnership Award scheme. Partnership Awards offer unique opportunities to conduct PhD research in collaboration with one of Northern Bridge’s Strategic Partner organisations. 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. If you wish to consider applying for a Partnership Award, please first consult the list of available awards from participating partners.

Northern Bridge will be offering Application Masterclasses for potential applicants to all Northern Bridge Universities on 1 November in Belfast and 2 November in Durham. 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 is posted on our News and Events page.

Before applying for either a Partnership Award or a Standard Award, please read the Applicant Guidance Notes 2017 (Standard Awards) or Applicant Guidance Notes 2017 (PA Route).

Step One: 

  • Before you apply for a Standard Award you will need to explore with our Subject Area Contacts whether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported, and begin to identify suitable supervisors. 
  • If you wish to consider applying for a Partnership Award, please first submit an expression of interest outlining your proposed research project in no more than 500 words, and a CV (no more than 2 sides of A4), to sarah.rylance@ncl.ac.uk by 18 November 2016.

Step Two: Complete an Online Application Form

Our selection processes require you to apply through the online application form of the University at which you would like to study. You must include the code AH17 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a Northern Bridge award:

Applicants to Newcastle University should quote AH17 under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ and ‘Who is your sponsor/funding body?’

Applicants to Durham University should insert AH17 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 AH17 under ‘To which body do you intend to apply?’

The deadline for applications to the Northern Bridge studentship competition is 5:00pm, Wednesday 11 January 2017.*

*Please note: It is important to check whether the School or Department to which you are applying has its own internal deadline.

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 to complete a Nomination Form. The deadline for receipt of Nomination Forms is 5:00pm, Wednesday 15 February 2017.

The results of the competition will be announced on Friday 24 March 2017.