Midlands3Cities PhD Funding Opportunity

The deadline for funding applications is Monday 15 January 2018

AHRC funding for UK/EU students

PhD Opportunities from 2018-19 with the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C) 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 will be awarding up to 80 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for October 2018 entry.

M3C is also awarding 7 Collaborative Doctoral Awards with partner organisations: Flatpack Festival, Leicester City Council, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Nottingham Contemporary, Oxford Lieder, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Spalding Gentlemen's Society.

M3C provides research candidates with expert supervision (including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate), research training and access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.

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You can find profiles for our current M3C students here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/pg/our-phd-students

Our expertise

The School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester has been a highly successful host department for M3C PhD applicants; we encourage applications from suitably highly qualified applicants with exciting and challenging research topics. Key is to have ideas and themes that fit our high calibre and wide-ranging expertise here at the University of Leicester. We encourage therefore proposals that match our skills in this range of fields of research:
  • bioarchaeology (human and animal)
  • classical lives
  • colonialism
  • desert archaeologies
  • the Eastern Mediterranean from the archaic to late antique
  • Graeco-Roman histories and archaeologies
  • historical archaeologies
  • archaeology and Islam
  • archaeologies of identity
  • landscape approaches
  • material cultural analyses
  • prehistoric societies
  • art and society
  • histories of archaeology
  • urbanism – from classical to modern
  • warfare

Our expertise and geographical and temporal coverage are extensive; please visit our webpages to see staff research interests and current PhD topics in both Archaeology and Ancient History: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/research. We invite interested applicants to contact potential supervisors in good time to discuss themes.


First step: Submit a pre-application form to express interest in PhD study in Archaeology and/or Ancient History, or contact the PGR administrator with any questions.

The deadline for M3C funding applications is Monday 15 January 2018, 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. For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our application writing workshops (the Leicester workshop is Saturday 18th November), please visit www.midlands3cities.ac.uk or contact enquiries@midlands3cities.ac.uk
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