Fully funded Doctoral Scholarships at Newcastle University

If you’re interested in doing a PhD with me or one of my colleagues at Newcastle University–do get in touch as soon as possible.

The Northern Bridge consortium of universities in the North of England and Northern Ireland operates a competitive process for fully funded fees and living costs for the very best PhD students. The deadline for us to consider proposals is the 13th January 2020, but do make contact as soon as possible if you are interested in applying.

More information below, and best wishes,

Simon McKerrell.

PhD Studentships in Music at Newcastle University

(deadline Monday 13th January 2020)

Newcastle University’s International Centre for Music Studies (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/music/) welcomes applications for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership in: Historical Musicology; Critical Musicology; Popular Music Studies; Folk and Traditional Musics; Ethnomusicology; Early Music; Music Analysis; Composition and Creative Practice (notated composition; studio-based work; improvisation; mixed-media; sound art); and Performance.

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership offers high-quality supervision and exceptional resources, as well as the expertise of a broad portfolio of Strategic Partners for the training and development of outstanding Arts and Humanities postgraduate researchers.  It is much more than just funding for PhD students, hosting an innovative training programme with a mix of events and bespoke optional training.  There are regular calls for training ideas and events from both students and staff which aim to support training for skills suitable for academic and non-academic careers. 

Every student will have the opportunity to undertake a placement through the Northern Bridge Consortium.  This will support skills development and training, widen your experience and support both academic and non-academic future careers. 

Northern Bridge Partnership Awards give PhD researchers the opportunity to develop and pursue their project in collaboration with one of Northern Bridge’s Strategic Partners. See http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/competition/howtoapply/

The AHRC awards cover tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant at the RCUK national rate for UK applicants. The AHRC award covers tuition fees only for EU students; however, Newcastle University will make maintenance awards to EU students that are equivalent to those of the AHRC.

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project. 

If you wish to be considered for Northern Bridge AHRC funding for a PhD in Music, you must:

-read through the guidance notes http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/media/sites/teaching/northernbridge/NBC%20Competition%20Guidance%202019-2020.pdf

-Take note of the short time frame and deadlines for the application process

Click to access NBC%20Competition%20Timeline%202019-2020%20-%20Summary.pdf

-have made an online application for a PhD place at Newcastle University by 4pm on Monday 13th January 2020 indicating your interest in Northern Bridge funding by inserting the code NBC20 under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ and ‘Who is your sponsor/funding body?’  in your application. 


Northern Bridge Website:


For further information, please contact:

Dr Mariam Rezaei at mariam.rezaei@ncl.ac.uk 

Dr Simon McKerrell

Reader in Music and Society



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