Northumbria University Application Form

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Northumbria University Application Form

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Applicants must be a United Kingdom citizen or be a resident of another European Union country to hold an AHRC studentship. Applicants are asked to check their eligibility for an award before applying. Further details about the AHRC’s eligibility criteria (including UK/EU residency requirements) can be found on the AHRC’s website (see AHRC Guide to Student Funding (PDF) Guide page 16) and in RCUK’s Student Funding Guide (page 10).

Please check the AHRC and RCUK guidelines before applying for one of these publicly funded studentships. This is particularly important if you are considering part-time study or if you are not British. There are a number of regulations depending on how long you have lived in the UK and in what capacity, and regarding EU status. Most students resident in member states of the EU, not based in the UK, will be eligible for fees-only awards rather than a stipend and fees award. There are no studentships available for people of a nationality and residency based outside of the EU.

Applications must be made on the application form and emailed to by 5 pm, Monday 6 March 2017.

In addition, applicants proposing to undertake a practice-based research project should submit a portfolio of images featuring a representative selection of their recent practice (15 images maximum and these should not exceed 5MB in total). Alternatively, candidates who utilize time-based, video, web or digital media can provide web-links to a representative selection of their practice.

Applications received after this date and time will be kept on file as reserves. Northumbria and Sunderland Universities will take an overview of all applications received for these joint AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training studentships, when shortlisting.

Interviews will be held during the week beginning 3 April 2017. Applicants are expected to attend interview in person.

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Open Days

As part of our 2017 PhD Studentship application process, we would like to invite prospective students to visit our practice-based research community at Northumbria and Sunderland Universities on 1 February 2017.

At the open day we will give details on the funded studentship provided through the Northumbria/Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Art and Design and introduce you to the Centre’s different research environments.

This open day will be a chance for potential applicants to discuss their research ideas with staff and meet current students. At Northumbria University there will be an opportunity to join one of the monthly PhD studio critiques where current students will be discussing their practice- based research. At Sunderland University there will be an opportunity to tour the Glass and Ceramics facilities.

To reserve your place on the open day or for further details of postgraduate study please email:

Location and Time:

1:00pm Wednesday 1st February 2017

BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art BALTIC 39, 31–39 High Bridge Street, Newcastle upon-Tyne NE1 1EW

National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

How your proposal will be assessed

We will look to support high quality applications from well-prepared applicants. We will take into account your previous academic performance and/or professional experience in cognate disciplines and we will consider our capacity to match your proposed project with a suitable supervisory group.

Your outline proposal should be clear and coherent, evidencing intellectual or professional objectives; the potential to contribute to knowledge; how your research/professional goals fit with our programme, research training provision and strategic priorities.


Prospective students can informally discuss research proposals in advance of application with:

Current Students

Information on the research our current students are undertaking can be found here