Newcastle University Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UK

Publish Date: Apr 07, 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

Newcastle University Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

£1 million in PhD studentships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Each studentship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition feeand £14,057 living expenses per year (2016 - 17 Research Councils UK rate).

Start date and duration

Start date: 2016/17 academic year.
Duration: 3 years for Arts and Humanities disciplines and 3.5 years for Social Science disciplines, subject to satisfactory progress.


Newcastle University is a world-leading civic university with a proud heritage. We are one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities, ranked in the top one per cent in the world* and 16th in the UK for global research power**. Our focus is not only on academic excellence, but excellence with a purpose - our annual research income exceeds £100 million, enabling us to undertake life-changing research which has lasting, world-wide impact.

We are committed to fostering an environment where academic excellence and groundbreaking research thrive. Our Research Excellence Academy embodies this commitment, providing an ambitious £13 million investment in our research and teachingcommunity over the next five years to strengthen our national and international research activity.

In the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, £3.9 million will be invested directly in supporting early career researchers and PhD students, enhancing our Arts and Humanities Research Council accredited Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (in collaboration with Durham University and Queen's University Belfast) and Economic and Social Research Council accredited North-East Doctoral Training Centre (with Durham University), which are recognised as national centres of excellence in doctoral training.

Eligibility Criteria

The studentships are open to UK, EU and international applicants who propose to study for their PhD on a full-time basis.

Applicants must:
 - Hold at least a good upper-second class UK undergraduate degree and a Master’s level qualification, or their international equivalents
 - Be commencing their first year of a full-time PhD with the University in the 2016/17 academic year.

Current Newcastle University PhD students
- Students in their second year of study are eligible to apply if they were self-funded in their first year.
- Self-funded part-time students in their first or second year of study are eligible to apply if they change to full-time status.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form. Please insert code HREA16 in the studentship/partnership reference field to be considered for a Research Excellence Academy scholarship. If you are a current Newcastle University PhD student please contact your supervisor in the first instance for information on how to apply.

Candidates are advised to consult their prospective department or school to discuss their research plans and ensure there is a member of staff who can supervise their chosen thesis before making a formal online application.


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