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Faculty of Arts & Humanities Doctoral Studentships for International Students in UK – 2021/2022


Application for the Faculty of Arts & Humanities Doctoral Studentships for International Students in UK – 2021/2022. Entry is now open at the Durham University in UK.



The aim of The grant is to enable and encourage academically able students from any nationality. The Faculty of Arts & Humanities intends to award a limited number of Durham Doctoral Studentships (DDS) to international postgraduate researchers of exceptional ability for entry in October 2021. Durham Doctoral Awards are tenable for three years full-time or five years part-time, and offer the following financial support package: An annual maintenance allowance at Research Council rates; fees at the overseas rate. In addition, departments may be able to offer paid teaching and/or research assistance opportunities.

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 Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.



Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • International and home/EU students can apply.
  • Applicants from anywhere in the world are eligible for Durham Doctoral Studentships. Home/EU applicants to Durham should not apply for a DDS; instead, they should for an AHRC Northern Bridge studentship (http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/studentships/eligibility/). Northern Bridge applicants at Durham will automatically be entered into the DDS competition as well. Students from outside the UK/EU are not eligible to apply to Northern Bridge. To be eligible for a Durham Doctoral Studentship, you must have applied to one of the Faculty’s departments or school for the 2021–22 academic year. *Please note: that the award cannot be deferred and it is assumed that successful candidates will start in October 2019.
  • 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. All qualifications must normally be taken within two years of the start of the academic programme (except where an extension applies, please see footnote below for details) to meet the academic requirements of the University.


To apply for Durham Doctoral Studentship, you will need to complete Durham University’s on-line application form (https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/), and to state that you wish to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship when the form asks you to indicate how you intend to fund your studies.

If you have already submitted an application, contact your prospective department and inform them that you wish to be considered for DDS funding.

All applicants applying for a studentship award need to include within the relevant section of the online application form a summary of the research project they plan to conduct. The proposal should not exceed 750 words in length and must set out the following:

  • The research questions or problems that the research will address.
  • The research context, i.e. the past and current research and award in the field.
  • Bearing in mind the research context, the contribution to knowledge and understanding the project will make to the field, and a clear statement of the intellectual significance of the proposed research.
  • The approach/methodology that will be employed and an explanation of why it is the most appropriate approach for addressing the research questions/problems.
  • Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before January 13, 2021  will be considered.

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