Funded PhD Opportunity

Northern Bridge Consortium Collaborative Doctoral Awards - Mapping the Cultural Geography of Sam Henry’s Irish Song Archive

Subject: English Language and Literature


The Northern Bridge Consortium is a Doctoral Training Partnership (NBCDTP) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 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 £15,009 per annum). This Collaborative Doctoral Award project is supervisor-led in partnership with the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services.

Project Summary

This will be the doctoral examination of the Sam Henry collection of traditional Irish song with a literary and cultural geography approach. Henry’s archive, held by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, of approximately 15,000 textual materials, is one of the most significant collections of song, photography and folklore in the British Isles. The project will map and analyse the significance of the sense of place that Henry’s archive constructs and will examine how local place impacts upon the gathering of song, and how culture can be identified through the manifestation of song, folklore and local history.

Full project details can be found at this link:

Applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest to the Supervisor and the Local NBCDTP  administrator by the deadline stated in the full project details.

How to Apply to the Competition

Full details about the competition, eligibility, application process and timeline are available on the NBCDTP website from the link below under the heading Funding. There are two stages to this process:

Stage 1 – Postgraduate Application (Online) by 4pm on Monday 13 January 2020. Applicants should make an online application to Ulster University. Applicants should insert NBC20 in response to the question relating to how you plan to fund your studies on the Funding Details section of the online application.

Stage 2 - Student Nomination by 4pm on Monday 17 February 2020. Following an internal assessment School/Department-based selection panels then select their strongest nominees on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications, research proposal, relevant experience and references. Those applicants will be asked to complete a Nomination Form, which must be submitted to Northern Bridge by the applicant’s School/Department. Nominations made after this date will not be considered.

Results will be announced to successful candidates on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

Northern Bridge Eligibility Criteria

Prospective applicants to the Collaborative Doctoral Awards are required to meet the AHRC's eligibility criteria which can be found at this link:

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)


Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Monday 13 January 2020

Interview Date


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Contact supervisor

Dr Frank Ferguson

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