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To best meet the needs of our students the NEDTC offers a range of different types of studentship. 

Award Types

The following different types of studentships available cover:

1+3 Year Studentships (48 Months)
These awards are for undergraduate applicants wishing to complete a research training Masters degree and then move on to a PhD. Students who have only completed or are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree and wish to study for a PhD must apply for these awards.

+3 Year Studentships (36 Months) 
These awards are for applicants who have already completed or who are in process of completing a Masters degree, which incorporated 60 credits or more of research methods training and who are wishing to commence a PhD directly. 

+3.5 Year Studentships (42 Months)
This special type of award is for students who have already or who are in the in the process of completing a Masters degree that does not involve 60 credits or more of research methods training, and who are wishing to start a PhD directly. +3.5 Year award-holders are granted six (6) months additional funding at the start of their studies to undertake a 60-credit Certificate in Research Methods, which is based on Durham's and Newcastle's respective Masters in Research Methods programmes.

2+3 Year Studentships (60 Months)
These awards are granted to students to complete a language-based Masters degree, which also includes research methods training, and then move on to a PhD. 

Part-Time Studentships
Part-time award-holders receive funding for up to nine (9) years, which breaks down as up to two (2) years for Masters training and a further seven (7) years for doctoral study. The actual duration of a part-time student's award will be determined by the NEDTC based on the applicant's circumstances. Award-holders are able to change from part-time to full-time study during their studies (or vice versa), but are only able to change their status once.

After you have submitted your application for an award, your prospective Department/School will determine the studentship that best fits your circumstances and needs.

Collaborative Studentships

The NEDTC actively encourages collaborative studentship applicants and we are committed to allocating at least 20% of all our awards to students engaged in collaboration. Collaborative studentships involve a non-academic partner organisation, such as a local authority, NHS Trust, charity or business, and can take many forms from jointly-supervised doctoral research projects to placements and internships.

Please contact your prospective Department/School if you are interested in developing your proposed doctoral research project with a non-academic organisation.  

Collaborative award-holders are able to apply for additional funding once they have commenced their studies to support their activities and engagement with their non-academic partner organisation.

Advanced Quantitative Methods

We also actively encourage applications from candidates planning to study and/or utilise advanced quantitative methods (AQM) in any of our subject areas. Advanced quantitative methods is a priority area identified by the ESRC and we are committed to supporting students in the discipline.  If you are planning to study and/or utilise advanced quantitative methods in your studies please ensure that these are clearly outlined and articulated in your research project proposal in your application.