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Northern Bridge Consortium (NBC) Doctoral Training Partnership

Northumbria University is a member of the Northern Bridge Consortium, a doctoral training partnership in which we collaborate with Durham, Newcastle, Queen's Belfast, Sunderland, Teesside and Ulster Universities.

The Consortium, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will be awarding 67 full PhD studentships each year from 2019 to 2023. Each studentship consists of payment of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council's national rate (£14,777 for 2018-19) funded for a nominal 42 months of study. The package also includes:

  • access to a research support training fund to cover the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
  • financial support to participate in a Northern Bridge Conference, an annual Summer School and a Completion and Leadership Workshop, which focuses on career development and employability;
  • financial support for placements

Northumbria ranks in the world's top 250 universities for research citations, and possesses world-class expertise across most of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) subject range. We are seeking to recruit outstanding doctoral candidates in all the disciplines listed below.

The Northern Bridge studentship competition for 2019 entry is now closed.



Northumbria offers two types of award:

  • Standard PhDs, where the applicant proposes their own project
  • Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA), where the applicant applies for a project that has already been designed in outline with a partner organisation. Click here for our list of CDA opportunities

Northern Bridge runs a two-stage application process.

Stage One: Postgraduate Application

Applicants to both the standard PhD and Collaborative Doctoral Award routes wishing to apply for a studentship must complete Northumbria's online postgraduate application form and submit it by 5pm on Wednesday 9 January 2019. Please write the code NBC19 in the application form under 'Studentship / Partnership Reference' and 'Who is your sponsor / funding body?'.

Stage Two: Applicant Nomination

Outcomes from the stage one application process will be released by Wednesday 16 January 2019. Successful candidates will then be supported by their proposed supervisor in submitting a nomination form to the Northern Bridge Consortium by the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 13 February 2019. Nomination forms will be submitted through the Northumbria University Research Office.

The results of the competition are expected to be announced on Friday 22 March 2019.


  • Northern Bridge studentships are available to Home and EU applicants, but EU candidates will need to meet the AHRC requirement of three years residency in the UK before the start date of the award
  • Candidates must be applying to commence a programme of doctoral study in the 2019/20 academic year, which starts 1 October 2019
  • Candidates already enrolled on a PhD can apply, providing they will not have passed the halfway point of their programme before transferring to a Northern Bridge award
  • Candidates should possess a Masters qualification, or be currently enrolled on one and in a position to evidence a strong trajectory
  • The Consortium will however accept professional experience in lieu of a Masters qualification, so long as the applicant can demonstrate how their track record might be seen as commensurate with postgraduate study
  • Prospective applicants are expected to read the guidance notes before proceeding with an application to the studentship competition, and to make themselves aware of the timeline
  • The competition is open to all applicants who meet the AHRC's eligibility criteria


For all general enquiries (i.e. not subject specific), including on eligibility, email Prof Richard Terry, Northumbria Consortium Director.

Further information can be found on the Northern Bridge Consortium website.

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