North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC) Studentships

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The North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC), a joint venture between the universities of Durham and Newcastle, is one of the largest and most innovative of the ESRC's national network of doctoral training centres. We are a centre of excellence for postgraduate social science scholarship, offering students a world-class, interdisciplinary environment for doctoral training and research.
As part of our Studentships Competition the NEDTC has available over 40 fully-funded awards for students commencing their postgraduate studies in the social sciences at either the universities of Durham or Newcastle.
The NEDTC is seeking to recruit postgraduate students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research potential.
Applicants applying for a studentship must hold or be predicted a First or a good 2:1 undergraduate degree in the social sciences, or have relevant comparable experience.
A masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the North East DTC. A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs.  All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.
Additionally, if you are applying for a +3 award then you must also hold or be completing a Masters degree in the social sciences, which includes at least 60 credits of research methods training.


Applicants must be a United Kingdom citizen or be a resident of another European Union country to hold an NEDTC studentship in all subject areas, except in Economics and Finance.


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We provide our award-holders with a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of their studies, which incorporates: A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council's national postgraduate rate, which is currently £14,057 per annum; Full payment of tuition fees during an award-holder's period of supervised study; and An individual research training support grant (RTSG) of £750 per annum to fund domestic fieldwork, attendance at conferences/events and other research expenses (only provided during the period of doctoral study). Part-time award-holders receive a maintenance grant and RTSG at levels that are pro-rata to their time commitment, which is usually 50%. Award-holders who are undertaking research in Finance and Economics will receive a further £3,000 per annum enhancement to their maintenance grants during their doctoral studies Award-holders are also able to apply for additional funding for international fieldwork, difficult language training and collaborative activities, depending on the nature of their research, once they have commenced their PhD.

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