funding, Prospective Students

New PhD funding opportunities announced for 2016 entry

Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture (deadline 15 JANUARY 2016)
Up to 7 fully-funded three-year PhD studentships are currently available in the Durham Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture (DLITP VC) for October 2016. The scheme is open to graduates in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and life sciences who wish to pursue a PhD in visual science or visual culture. It is expected that candidates will have a strong first degree in a relevant discipline (2.1 minimum), together with an excellent Master’s qualification, also in a relevant field.
The scheme is open to any Durham University department. If you are interested in studying a PhD in visual culture in any area of expertise relevant to staff in Modern Languages and Cultures (or in collaboration with staff in other University departments) please contact your potential supervisor directly to explore options. For more information on the Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture (including how to apply) please click here.

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (deadline 11 JANUARY 2016)
The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle UniversityDurham University and Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding Arts and Humanities postgraduate researchers. The awards cover tuition fees and provide maintenance grant at the RCUK rate for UK applicants. They cover tuition fees only for EU students.
The scheme welcomes applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project. This generally means a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and performance at or around distinction level in a masters degree. Applicants must be United Kingdom citizens or residents of another European Union country. European Union applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award from the AHRC (institutional funds permitting, maintenance awards may be offered to successful EU applicants).
If you wish to be considered for Northern Bridge AHRC funding for a PhD in any of the areas covered by partnership, you must contact one of the three Northern Bridge institutions directly to apply for a place. The application deadline for 2016-17 is 5PM on Monday 11th January 2016. 

For more information see or get in touch with the Durham subject area contact listed here:

For general queries about any of the subject areas in Modern Languages and Cultures please contanct Lucy Cawson (

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