Faculty of Social Sciences & Health Social Science Studentships for International Students in UK, 2017

  • Phd
  • 24 February 2017

Durham University is offering Doctoral Studentships for international students. These studentships are open to new, high-calibre PhD students who will be commencing their studies within the Faculty of Social Sciences & Health Social Science in October 2017.

The aim of the scholarship is to enable and encourage academically able students from any nationality.

Durham University is distinctive – a residential Collegiate university with long traditions and modern values. They seek the highest distinction in research and scholarship and are committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge.

The University accepts IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Cambridge Proficiency (CPE), Cambridge Advanced (CAE) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic as preferred English Language proficiency tests.

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.


University is looking for candidates with the following:

  • A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience;
  • An outstanding academic pedigree and research potentials, 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 £14,296 – 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.


To apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship you need to complete the University’s online application form and state that you wish to be considered for the award when the form asks you how you intend to fund your studies. In addition to completing an online application form, you will also need to provide the following documentation to your prospective department or school:

  • Current CV;
  • A research proposal, which is no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography);
  • Two references; and
  • Transcripts of your previous degree(s).

If you have already submitted your online application form and not added that you want to be considered for an award, please contact your prospective Department/School to inform them that you wish to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship.

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