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Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Art and Design invites high-quality applications from UK/EU students for AHRC-funded studentships starting in October 2015, for PhD study in or across our Art and Design research groups.

Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training

The Universities of Northumbria and Sunderland have been jointly awarded an AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) and postgraduate research student funding in Art and Design from 2014 onwards. 

Our AHRC CDT in Art and Design will forge new cross-disciplinary collaborations in art and design, with an emphasis on integrating professional and academic rigour in practice-led and applied research as well as related historical and theoretical research. Our Centre's vision is to take research training to a new dynamic level by making conceptual and methodological advances and connections across and beyond art and design, where applicable in collaboration with significant cultural, third sector and commercial partners. The CDT is supported by world-class resources and external partnerships recognised for their excellence, including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The National Glass Centre.

We welcome applications in:

  • Design
  • Design History
  • Fine Art
  • Applied Art, Glass and Ceramics
  • Digital Art, Curating.

We welcome applications for interesting hybrid projects that cross and transcend conventional design and art boundaries.

Detailed information regarding Northumbria University art and design research can be found here:



Detailed information regarding University of Sunderland art and design research can be found here:


Please also visit the Baltic 39 website:

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A full fee waiver for three years full time.
  • A bursary of £14,057 per annum for three years (full time)
  • Access to a work station within a high quality working environment
  • Access to funds to support research expenses (conferences or archive visits)

Our AHRC CDT funding may support placement opportunities and additional training in research skills. It will also create opportunities for joint supervision, student events, conferences and peer support networks.


Applicants must be a United Kingdom citizen or be a resident of another European Union country to hold an AHRC studentships have UK/EU residency requirement. Applicants are asked to check their eligibility for an award before applying.  Further details about the AHRC's eligibility criteria (including residency) can be found on the AHRC’s website (see AHRC Guide to Student Funding. (PDF) Guide pages 92 – 98).

Applications must be made on the application form and emailed to
rn.northumbria-sunderland-cdt@northumbria.ac.uk by 5 pm, Monday 20 April 2015.

In addition; applicants may submit a small portfolio of images which should not exceed 5mb 5MB in total.

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 Block Grant Partnership studentships, when shortlisting.

Interviews will be held during the week beginning 18 May 2015. Applicants are expected to attend interview in person.

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: