Funded PhD Opportunity Northern Bridge Consortium PhD Scholarship Opportunity

This opportunity is now closed.

Subject: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory


Northern Bridge Consortium is a Doctoral Training Partnership (NBCDTP) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It brings together the cutting-edge expertise and exceptional resources of Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, Sunderland University, Teesside University and Ulster University and their strategic partners.

The  NBCDTP runs an annual competition to select the best doctoral candidates and provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which includes payment of tuition fees and a maintenance award (currently £14,777 per annum).

Full details about the competition, eligibility, application process and timeline are available on the NBCDTP website from the link below.

There are two routes for successful PhD applicants:

*Standard PhD route – applicants should consult their proposed Supervisors at the earliest opportunity so that the expertise and capacity to supervise the proposed research can be identified, and to ensure that the applicant will be fully supported throughout the competition process.

*Collaborative Doctoral Awards -   it is essential that conversations between prospective applicants, the partner organisation and the university supervisors begin at an early stage.

Please note that potential applications should register their interest with the Local NBCDTP Administrator ( before making an application, indicating the chosen PhD route. This should be done before the end of November.

The normal duration of an NBCDTP doctoral studentship is 42 months full-time (3.5 years) for the standard route and up to 48 months (4 years) for a collaborative doctoral award.  (Studentships are available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis. For example, those who wish to combine their research training with work or personal responsibilities. Applicants should be aware that funding for part-time study is an option, although applicants should be realistic about such arrangements. It is expected that the period of study will reflect the percentage of time spent pursuing doctoral studies, and a minimum of 50% of full time effort is required (with an expected period of study of up to 6 – 8 years (84 months)).

Studentships can include a placement or placements with either a Strategic Partner or another non-HEI partner by discussion with the supervisory team.

There are two stages to this process:

Stage 1 – Postgraduate Application (Online) by 17:00 on Wednesday 9 January 2019 Applicants should make an online application to Ulster University. All Ulster University Applicants should insert NBC19 in response to the question “If you will be self-funded or are in receipt of a private scholarship then please provide further information here” on the Funding Details section of the online application.

Stage 2 - Student Nomination by Wednesday 13 February 2019. Following an internal assessment the strongest applications will be selected on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications, research proposal, relevant experience and references. They will be supported by staff in developing a further application for the National level competition as nominated candidates.

Results will be announced to successful candidates by 18:00 on Friday 22 March 2019.

Contact details:

  • Professor Karen Fleming is the Academic director Ulster University,
  • Dr Justin Magee is the Subject Area Contact for Design
  • Dan Shipsides: Subject coordinator for Visual Arts: Fine Art - History, Theory and Practice

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)


    Northern Bridge Consortium

Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

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The PhD training programme and regular supervision contacts have provided the direction and support necessary to ensure that I deliver a quality thesis in a timely manner.I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working at Ulster University and feel it has put me in a better position to sustain a full time career as an artist and academic in the years to come.

Jacqueline Wylie

Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Wednesday 9 January 2019
Interview Date
no interview

Contact Supervisor

Dr Justin Magee

Apply online

Visit and quote reference number #332849 when applying for this PhD opportunity