Durham Doctoral Studentships

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The Faculty of Social Sciences & Health has available a number of prestigious Durham Doctoral Studentships for new, high-calibre PhD students.

International students across all of the Faculty's Departments and Schools can apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship.

Additionally, Home/EU students in fields not support by the ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre can also be considered for these awards. These fields include Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Physical Geography, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy and Sociology.


We are looking for candidates with the following:

  • A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience;
  • An outstanding academic pedigree and research potential, such as through the publication of journal articles and other publications; and
  • Be planning to conduct a high-quality research project.

In addition, candidates will usually hold or be completing a Masters degree in their area of proposed study or related discipline.

Applications are considered according to their academic merit. Factors such as your financial status and nationality are not taken into account.


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The Faculty's Durham Doctoral Studentships are tenable for three (3) years and provide award-holders with the following package of financial support: A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council's national rate (currently £14,057 - the exact sum is announced annually by RCUK); Full payment of tuition fees Part-time award-holders are funded for six (6) years and receive a maintenance grant and research expenses allowance at 50% of the full-time rate.

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