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Postgraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Further information on available scholarships, bursaries and awards can be found here.

MA Funding

Durham University Alumni Tuition Fee Discount Scheme

All Durham alumni will qualify for a 20% discount on tuition fees (home or overseas) for any taught postgraduate programme in the Arts and Humanities Faculty (the MA by research is not eligible for the enhanced discount). Further information is available here.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursaries/Durham Doctoral Studentships

The Faculty MA Bursaries and Durham Doctoral Studentships will not be available for the October 2023 intake.

PhD Funding

Durham Doctoral Pro:NE Studentship(s)

Funded by the Office for Students (OfS), the Postgraduate Research Opportunities for the Northeast/Network for Equity (Pro:NE) Studentship Scheme is open to high calibre UK (Home) candidates from racially minoritised ethnic backgrounds seeking entry in 2023-24. Further information in relation to the Pro:NE studentship competition, including details of the scholarships available, eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found here.

Please note that the deadline for receipt of candidates' applications (including the University's Postgraduate Application Form and all supporting documentation detailed in the guidance notes) is Friday 28th April 2023.

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Studentships

These fully-funded studentships now incorporate the former Durham Doctoral Studentships and are open to all applicants regardless of citizenship or residence. The competition for 2022-23 is now open. Information about the competition can be found here.
Please note that the Department's deadline for this studentship has now passed. Study applications and all supporting documents and references must be submitted by this date. Please include a 750 word case for support, which will be the basis for your application if you are put forward by the department for the next round of the competition.  Guidance on this can be found on p. 16 of the Northern Bridge application guide, here.

Centre for Catholic Studies

Please see the Centre for Catholic Studies postgraduate bursaries and scholarships page.

Barry Scholarships

Registered postgraduate students in Theology and Religion can apply for these scholarships—usually worth about £500—in October of each year. Information on how to apply is sent to all eligible students. The Department's Learning and Teaching Assistant Manager can be contacted for further information.

The Evangelical Graduate Fellowship

The new Evangelical Graduate Fellowship has been established in honour of Professor Walter Moberly with the aim to support postgraduate research students in the Department of Theology and Religion. In line with the donor intent funds up to a total of £1500 may be awarded on a competitive basis.


  • Overseas postgraduate research students in the Department of Theology & Religion, Durham University (DThM, Integrated PhD or PhD)
  • EU, UK & Islands students are not eligible
  • Research has a clear focus on biblical/theological study of the Christian canon of Scripture as the basic text for writing a thesis/dissertation
  • Applicants must be Protestant Evangelical Christians (please see application form for more details)
  • Open to full-time and part-time registered students of Durham University who meet the above criteria, regardless of College affiliation
  • Applicants do not need to reside in Durham University.

Further details and an application form are available on St John’s College website here.

The Hild and Bede Trust Postgraduate Theology Scholarships

The Hild and Bede Trust usually offers up to two scholarships a year to the value of £1,000 for one year only, to postgraduate students of great ability and promise.  The award is determined jointly by the Department of Theology and Religion and the College of St Hild and St Bede.  Further information can be obtained from the College of St Hild and St Bede.

External Funding Opportunities

For further funding opportunities you can visit, the principal gateway to funding opportunities in the UK, which includes several sources of independent funding that could be taken up at any UK university, including Durham.