PhD Bursary

PhD Bursary

Building on our success in the REF 2014, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is pleased to offer one PhD fees-only Student Bursary to a research student who is offered, accepts and take up a place on NUA’s research degree programme in 2021-22. 

The PhD fees-only bursary is open to UK applicants who wish to pursue either practice-based or text-based research.

In line with the University’s Research Strategy (2015-2020), there are three cross-disciplinary Research Themes at NUA, which form the organisational pillars of research activity. Applications will be considered on merit with regard to the quality of the application and relevance of the proposed project to these themes. Applicants should visit the University’s Research Pages ( to learn more about NUA’s research environment.

We would particularly encourage bursary applications to support the following areas of research:

Pattern and Chaos

The Pattern and Chaos Research theme can be expressed through diverse approaches to research, including but not limited to:

  • practice-based research engaging with materials, processes and making
  • innovations in creative media (digital and analogue)
  • design research and thinking
  • curation and physical interventions in spaces
  • theoretical and historical research
  • pedagogical research

For more information, please visit the Pattern and Chaos website here: Applicants may also direct enquiries to Dr Sarah Horton, via

If you are interested in studying with us and would like to arrange an informal discussion about potential research proposals and the application process please contact the NUA Research Office at     

Applicants should refer to the Bursary Terms and Conditions and Assessment Criteria before completing the University’s Preliminary Application to Study for a Research Degree form and indicating on page four of the form that they wish to be considered for a bursary. Your application should be accompanied by a 1,000 word proposal that follows the guidelines available in the application pack. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview at the University to discuss their proposals. Applications will be referred to the University’s Research Degrees Committee for formal approval. 

Application forms should be emailed to 

If you require any further information regarding our vacancies please contact Human Resources:
+44 (0)1603 610561