PhD studentships in English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University is actively seeking outstanding applications to the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. AHRC Northern Bridge DTP is offering fifty PhD studentships for 2018 entry.

The Partnership brings together the cutting-edge expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast and their strategic partners. Northern Bridge students benefit from supervision, training and development of the highest quality, tailored to the needs of twenty-first-century researchers.

The School invites applications in any area of literary study, from medieval literature to contemporary culture, as well as in a number of areas of Linguistics. We offer a world-leading research environment for doctoral projects in:

• children's literature
• creative writing (poetry, prose or script)
• 18th century and romantic studies
• language acquisition
• language variation and change
• modern and contemporary literature and culture
• postcolonial literature
• renaissance and early modern literature and culture
• syntax, phonology, morphology
• theatre studies
• Victorian literature


Candidates must have a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and be expected to perform at or around Distinction level in a Master’s degree. Candidates with lower qualifications may be considered if they can demonstrate that relevant professional practice or work experience has equipped them with equivalent academic and research skills.

Applicants must apply to commence a programme of doctoral study in the 2018/19 academic year starting 1 October 2018. Applicants who have already commenced their doctoral studies are eligible to apply providing they will have completed no more than 18 months full-time or 36 months part-time study by 1 October 2018.

Please read the full eligibility criteria for further details.

Funding information

Funding applies to:
EU applicants (including UK)
Funding notes:

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate, currently £14,553. Also, additional funding to cover other study related costs (ie study abroad, conference attendance etc).

These awards are available to UK/EU applicants only. EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award from the AHRC. Institutional funds permitting, Northern Bridge may offer maintenance awards to EU applicants selected for studentships.

Contacts and how to apply

Administrative contact and how to apply:

Visit our website to find out more and apply now or contact us:

Dr Neelam Srivastava
Postgraduate Research Director
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Newcastle University
Tel. +44 (0) 191 208 3665

Application deadline:

10 January 2018