Professional development opportunities in design and the creative sector

Professional development opportunities in design and the creative sector

Published on 01 May 2017

As part of its Industrial Strategy, the Government recently announced a National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to support an additional 1,000 PhD studentships to start on 1 October 2017.

Available are part-time or full-time opportuntities, these funded stipends of around £14,500 pa full time are great professional development opportunities for designers, artists, digital media creatives, curators, academics and others.

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (NBDTP) and Northumbria-Sunderland Consortium in Art and Design (N-SC) have jointly secured 12 awards, funded by the AHRC, to support research in the two areas identified by AHRC as the focus of these awards: Design and The Creative Sector.

Fab Foundation
Sage Gateshead
Little Inventors Worldwide Ltd
Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art (NGCA)
Kielder Observatory 

Prospective ‘Supervisor-led route’ applicants – see the list of Sunderland research fields  and email the relevant supervisor as soon as possible.

Generic fields and application details are available from the consortia websites above. After consulting the guidance notes , and before they begin to complete the application form, potential applicants should make contact with a member of academic staff at one of the five universities. If permitted to proceed with an application, they must complete Section A of the form by Monday 19 June at 5pm.

The deadline by which Departments/Schools are to submit completed application forms (including Section B) is Friday 30 June 2017 at 5pm.

Further information on relevant research areas and supervisors at the University:   

Applied Arts / Glass and Ceramics
Digital Art / Curation

These studentships have some UK residency requirements - see RCUK's Student Funding Guide pages 11-12.