Applying for postgraduate research opportunities (applicants seeking University funding support)

All funded postgraduate research opportunities are linked to specific research topics and funding routes, and are recruited on a competitive basis. New research students join a growing and dynamic research community, allowing students to share experiences, insight and inspiration with fellow researchers. Students benefit from our academic expertise, and support through a strong programme of research training at each stage of their research degree. A summary of each funded route can be found below.

1. Graduate Tutors

These are salaried positions (£21,220 per annum plus all fees) full-time for four years (2 years fixed term contract with an additional 2 year extension dependent on academic progress). These positions provide a unique opportunity to establish an academic career, combining both a PhD project and an opportunity to gain experience of supporting and contributing to university teaching, mentored by an experienced member of academic staff and working towards fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. These posts are intended to be our internal pathway for developing the next generation of research active academic staff in key areas of the university.

When available, Graduate Tutor vacancies are advertised via our Human Resources vacancies webpages. As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a proposal based on the project they wish to be considered for.

Currently closed for applications

2. University Research Studentships

These are fully funded research opportunities which are offered on a competitive basis, and which cover all fees associated with PhD study, together with a stipend (currently £15,000 per annum tax free, unless stated otherwise) to cover living expenses for three years. The studentships are reviewed and renewed annually subject to suitable progress. There may be some limited opportunities to undertake some part-time demonstrating or teaching on a paid basis.

Applications are welcome from strong UK, EU and international students. International candidates will be required to obtain the appropriate UK study visa.

Currently closed for applications

Externally or independently funded applications can be submitted at any time of year:
More information and how to apply

3. Consortia Studentships

Teesside University is a proud member of the following PhD consortia:

Doctoral Training in Social Sciences in Northern Ireland and the North East (NINE DTP)

Currently closed for applications
More information about NINE DTP opportunities

Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA)

Currently closed for applications
More information about DTA opportunities

The Heritage Consortium

Currently closed for applications
More information about the Heritage Consortium

North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities (NECAH Consortium)

Currently closed for applications
More information about the NECAH Consortium

Please note that applications must be submitted to the correct funding route – applications submitted to an ineligible route will be automatically rejected.