AHRC Midlands3Cities funding for UK/EU students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. M3C is awarding up to 87 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2017 entry. M3C provides research candidates with expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision), research training and access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors.

The School of Museum Studies is inviting applications from outstanding prospective students with research interests in the following areas:

- 20/21C Latin American art and its international reception
- Art institutions and internationalism
- Exhibition history
- Non-collecting institutions (bienniales, art centres, institutes, independent spaces)
- Iconoclasm and destruction in art
- Transhistorical exhibitions
- The role of archives in the historiography of art and in curatorial practice
- Contemporary art / Sound art / African art in museums and galleries
- Emotions, learning, history and the past in historic sites
- Community memory and the political use of history in the museum
- Class, participation and museums and heritage
- Class, heritage and migration
- Human rights and social justice in museums, galleries and heritage sites 
- Museums and activism / ‘activist practice’
- Museum engagement with disability
- LGBTQ narratives and programming in museums
- Museological perspectives of institutional critique and/or socially engaged practice 
- ‘Young ambassadors’ engagement programmes in museums and galleries.
- Displaced or exiled collections
- Sensory engagements with things in cross-cultural perspective or in contexts of (forced) migration
- Museum architecture and design/interpretive planning
- Trust, authenticity and expertise in the museum
- Experience design
- Digital strategy and transformation in museums
- Digital transformations in museum learning, participation and engagement
- Digital archives and creative engagement

Interested applicants should note that the application for funding is separate from the application for PhD study. Please consult general information about applying for a PhD at the University of Leicester. For subject-specific enquiries please contact Dr Giasemi Vavoula, Postgraduate Research Director (external). For specific enquiries related to applying for a PhD with the School of Museum Studies please contact Christine Cheesman, Postgraduate Research Administrator.

The deadline for M3C funding applications is 16 January 2017, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted to the home university on the correct M3C form. The School of Museum Studies internal deadline for review and approval of applications is 11 December 2016. Interested candidates are urged to contact potential supervisors as soon as possible.

Applying for Midlands3Cities with the School of Museum Studies

The University of Leicester is one of the UK's top research universities and our PhD and MPhil degrees are firmly rooted in our strong research culture. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014) highlighted the University of Leicester as home to the highest ranking museum studies research in the UK, which places the School of Museum Studies as one of the best museum studies departments in the world.

To get a sense of the range of PhD research topics supervised by the School please consult the School webpages for current and past PhD students.

All staff welcome approaches from potential applicants with a view to nurturing high quality candidates and their application development. To identify potential supervisors you can consult individual staff webpages.

To identify potential supervisors for your supervisory team, use the ‘supervisor search’ facility on the Midlands3Cities website.

Useful information

For full details of eligibility, funding, proposal-writing workshops and research supervision areas (including use of the supervision search tool) please visit www.midlands3cities.ac.uk or contact enquiries@midlands3cities.ac.uk.

Interested candidates are urged to contact potential supervisors early.

M3C application writing workshops will take place as follows:

Birmingham – 12 November
Birmingham City University, 13.00 - 16.00

Leicester – 19 November
De Montfort University, 13.00 - 16.00

Nottingham  19 November
Nottingham Trent University, 13.30 - 16.00

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to attend one of these, and can book a place via the M3C website.

For more information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre including details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the consortium’s website or email Christine Cheesman.

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