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The 2016 Studentship Competition (for entry in October 2016) is now open.

We select which applicants to award studentships to via an annual open competition, which runs across both Durham and Newcastle universities.

How to Apply

Students can apply to either Durham or Newcastle for an NEDTC studentship. The university to which you apply will be classified as your lead institution. Please note that only one application to either institution can be made for a studentship. If two applications are made we will only consider the first application made to either university.

Our selection processes require you to apply through the online application form of the University at which you would like to study. You must include the code ESR16 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a North East DTC award:

Applicants to Newcastle University should quote ESR16 under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ and ‘Who is your sponsor/funding body?’

Applicants to Durham University should insert ESR16 where asked on the form ‘How do you intend to finance your tuition fees’ and ‘living expenses?’

In addition to completing either Durham's or Newcastle's postgraduate online application form, you will also need to provide the following documentation to your prospective Department/School:

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

If you have already submitted your online application form, but did not include that you want to be considered for a studentship, please contact your prospective Department/School to inform them that you wish to be considered for an NEDTC studentship and for information about how to submit your additional documentation.

The deadline for submitting your application and supporting documentation for NEDTC's 2016/17 studentship competition is 5:00pm on Monday 1 February 2016.

Selection Process

All applications received are considered according to their academic merit.

The quality of proposed research projects is a critical area that is examined during our selection process. Our internal and external reviewers will consider the scope, methodology, context and anticipated outputs and impact of a proposed doctoral project, and explore how the project relates to an applicant's academic strengths and their prospective Department/School's research environment.

All prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their propostive supervisor(s) to discuss their research proposals before completing their application, and should spend time preparing and developing their research questions and planned methodologies.

Your prospective Department/School will review your application and decide whether to nominate you for further consideration by the NEDTC’s Studentships Committee, which consists of representatives from both Durham and Newcastle and two independent, external experts. The Studentships Committee will be considering applications in March 2016 and applicants will be notified whether they have been successful or not on Tuesday 22 March 2016. 

Please note that the Studentships Committee may select an applicant for a studentship and recommend that their lead institution change between Durham and Newcastle. Such decisions will be made where it is judged that one institution's research strengths are better placed to support the applicants studies.