Northern Bridge Consortium

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Welcome to the Northern Bridge Consortium.

Northern Bridge Consortium is a Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

It brings together the cutting-edge expertise and exceptional resources of Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, Sunderland University, Teesside University and Ulster University and their non-HE partner organisations.

We offer up to 63 funded studentships per year to outstanding postgraduate researchers across the full range of Arts and Humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines.

Northern Bridge students benefit from supervision, training and development of the highest quality, tailored to the needs of 21st-century researchers.


Apply for a Studentship

The Northern Bridge Consortium offers up to 63 doctoral studentships each year to eligible UK and international candidates.



The Northern Bridge Consortium provides studentship award-holders with a wealth of resources.

Our Students 

Our Students

Meet our current award-holders and read about their research.

NYPL Researcher Spotlight: Eva Isherwood-Wallace

Eva Isherwood-Wallace profiled by the New York Public Library.

What Tuscany Taught Me

Jasmine Plumpton writes of her visit to photography festival "Cortona on the Move" for Creative UK.

"The Story Hunters"

Craig Thomas features in the Winter 2023 edition of Historic House magazine

Ballynoe Stone Circle Investigation

Lisa White's research into Late Neolithic funerary practices in Ireland leads to an exciting discovery.

Makkin Ulster

Deborah White presents a series to celebrate the talented craftspeople of Ulster.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Northern Bridge Consortium announces 15 new Collaborative Doctoral Awards studentship opportunities.

Allen Valleys Folk Festival

Grainne Milner-McLoone will perform at the Allen Valleys Folk Festival, 22-24 September 2023

PhD Collaborative Studentship Opportunity

The Rokeby Collection: The Art and Architecture of the Historic Print as a Catalyst for New Visual Art Practice

Collecting, Colonialism and Empire

‘Collecting, Colonialism and Empire: Working with Archives and Museum Collections in Northeast England and Northern Ireland’: A two-day training workshop, 11–12 May 2023.

Album Launch

Join Northern Bridge Consortium award-holder, Grainne Milner-McLoone, and she launches her album "The Songs of Sam Henry."

Poetry Book Launch

You are warmly invited to the launch of two books of poetry published by Edinburgh-based Blue Diode Press next Thursday 4th November, 6pm, at Blackwell’s Books Newcastle.

Your News Stories Wanted

Northern Bridge invites its award-holders to submit their news articles.

New Generation Thinker

Northern Bridge alumnus Dr Jake Morris-Campbell has been named as one of the ten New Generation Thinkers 2021.

Summer School 2023

Northern Bridge Consortium hosts its Summer School for award-holders from Thursday 15 to Friday 16 June.