PhD scholarships

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership 

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a collaboration between De Montfort University and the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, Birmingham, Birmingham City, Warwick and Coventry. 

Ranked first in the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training partnership (DTP2) competition, M4C will award 460 doctoral studentships between 2019 and 2023 across the eight universities for both full-time and part-time students from UK or EU, including 40 Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

Full details of the scheme including the areas of training available within DMU and how to apply are described here on our M4C web-pages.

The deadline for M4C applications is the 14 January 2020.


De Montfort University is a vibrant place to work. It is both locally rooted and internationally focused. It is a (UN) designated Global Hub for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) - the only UK university to be designated as such. It is also winner of the Social Inclusion Award 2018. 

Talent25 is an action research programme at DMU that focuses on how creative interventions in early childhood can support talent progression and cultural engagement over 25 years.  It is the first longitudinal study into the impact of creativity on early year childhood of its kind. This pilot is focussed on the first four years of the study, working with families with babies from birth to four years old from three wards of high deprivation in Leicester. It seeks to inform how ACE will fund arts and culture through early intervention models of best practice. 

The Talent25 PhD fee waiver scholarship, based in the outstanding Vijay Patel building, is an exciting opportunity to develop your research career on the ground-breaking Talent25 programme, funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and De Montfort University. You will be based within the Social Impact and Engagement Directorate, an area building on the University's existing profile and ensuring a proactive approach to global developments. You will be part of a wider academic team, supported and supervised by a Research Fellow and Principal Investigator.  

DMU invite applications for two full-time fee waiver PhD research scholarships on the Talent25 programme.  It is available to UK or EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as researchers. It is an excellent opportunity for a candidate of exceptional promise to have an input into the design and execution of the study within a stimulating, world-class research environment. The successful applicant will be working cross-institutionally with both DMU and ACE colleagues.

We are looking for an ambitious and innovative student with a background in cultural engagement and/or behavioural interventions. You will be involved in collecting data from the creative activity programme to monitor effectiveness and understand what motivates engagement. You will be responsible for contributing data and analysis that will feed into reports for Arts Council England, the arts and education sector and for academic outputs. The successful candidate can be from any discipline but will need knowledge of quantitative and / or qualitative research methods. 

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a Master’s degree or good first degree in a relevant subject (First, 2:1 or equivalent). The fees waiver scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study commencing in January 2020.

To apply, please submit a full application (research proposal, certificates and transcripts, and two academic references). Further information on applying can found at

Please contact the Doctoral College on or call on: +44 (0)116 250-6309 should you have any questions, and please notify this email address once you have submitted your application.  

Please direct any academic queries to Professor Rusi Jaspal on email   

CLOSING DATE: Friday, 8 November 2019

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 scholarships

The Vice-Chancellor's 2020 scholarships provide DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates in the 2019/20 academic session. The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU Home and EU students who are graduating in 2019 or have graduated within the last two years (2018 or 2017)* and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above.

For further information please click here 


Doctoral College Scholarships

De Montfort University is offering PhD scholarships, both full scholarships (UK and EU only, with a stipend of £15,009 per annum) and fee waiver scholarships (including overseas), in Computing, Engineering, Media Studies, Film Studies, Arts, Design, Humanities, Health and Life Sciences and Business and Law.

Applications (including copies of academic transcripts) should include:

  • 1) Applicant’s name, address, email, educational qualifications and relevant work experience.
  • 2) Details of the proposed research project and how it maps onto DMU areas of research excellence, in particular, urban living, lifelong well-being, creativity in the digital age, social value and/or one of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The proposed research project should also explain how the research could engage internationally with other researchers in the field (maximum 750 words).
  • 3) Name (with addresses and emails) of two academic referees.
  • 4) Name of potential supervisor within De Montfort University (please indicate if contact has been made). Details of research institutes and staff are at

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a full application to the university. All applications for the Full Bursary Scholarship will be automatically considered for a Fee Waiver PhD Scholarship.

The deadline for applications has passed.

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