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Funding for PhD study is extremely competitive and applicants need to be preparing their applications early and in dialogue with staff in the Department.

There are two primary routes into funded doctoral study within the Department of Sociology.


This NINE DTP ESRC-funded collaboration of seven universities across Northern Ireland the North East of England.

The scheme is open to all UK and International applicants, providing tuition fees (at UK rate), a tax-free living stipend, research training and fieldwork support.

Applicants must first be accepted for doctoral study in their chosen department, which then nominates candidates to the DTP on a ranked basis.


Submission of the draft proposal to Sociology for feedback and mentoring: 5th January 2024    Please note: we strongly encourage you to submit your draft proposal in advance of this deadline.

Submission of the completed application to the department: 22nd January 2024

Department nomination to DTP: 12th February 2024

Find out more information

China Scholarships Council

Closing date: 15th January 2024

These important scholarships are available thanks to a partnership with the China Scholarships Council. The scholarships are open to applicants who are citizens and permanent residents of mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) wishing to study for a PhD at Durham. Further Information about scholarships from the China Scholarships Council is available here.