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PhD funding opportunities for 2023 entry


If you are interested in MPhil/PhD study, starting in October 2024, please direct your enquiry to the School Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Oliver Davis, at O dot Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk

Note that the main funding deadlines are between 12 December 2022 and 1 February 2023.

Proposals normally go through a process of drafts and discussion with the supervisor(s) and/or PGR admissions advisors before an application is submitted.

The School will nominate a selection of outstanding applicants for the most competitive funding schemes.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) at the University of Warwick is pleased to invite applications for doctoral study commencing in September/October 2023.

Please get in touch early (middle of the Autumn Term) to identify potential supervisors and to prepare a robust application.

  • For more information on prerequisites and how apply for a place of study, please see here.
  • To search for relevant research expertise among our staff, see here. The School Director of Graduate Studies will also be pleased to advise on this.

A broad range of funding opportunities is advertised on the websites of Warwick’s Doctoral College and the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence (CADRE). Please note that several funding schemes operate multi-staged application processes and early deadlines.

The SMLC will nominate a number of first-rate applications from prospective and qualifying existing students for the following funding opportunities:

  • Chancellor’s International Scholarships: The University offers up to 42 scholarships to the most outstanding international PhD applicants. For on how to apply for these University scholarships, please see here. The deadlines for the dual process of applying for admissions and funding are on Monday 12 December 2022 (23:59 pm GMT) (admissions) and Wednesday 14 December 2022 (23:59 GMT) (funding). All supporting documentation must be uploaded by 5 January 2023. We will be unable to support last-minute enquiries and/or applications for this highly competitive scheme. Discussion of your application with the SMLC should start late October/early November.
  • AHRC Midlands 4 Cities Doctoral Training Programme: Scholarships are available across 8 Consortium institutions (including Warwick). For more information, see hereLink opens in a new window. The call for 2023 entry opened on 17 October 2022 with a strict deadline on 11 January 2023, noon UK time. You will need to have submitted a separate application for a place of study (admission) to the University of Warwick. The universities of Warwick and Coventry will host a joint online Application Writing Workshops for candidates on 19 November 2022, 10 am-1 pm. We strongly encourage applicants to attend. Registration details and link will be posted on the M4C website (scroll down to the bottom).
  • University of Warwick/China Scholarship Council: for entry in Autumn 2023, there will be 25 scholarships available to students who meet the CSC criteria applying to any PhD discipline. For on how to apply for these University scholarships, please see here. The deadline is TBC. Discussion of your application with the SMLC should start late October/early November 2022.
  • Monash Warwick Alliance Scholarships (Warwick): For 2023/24 entry the University will offers 3 scholarships (across all subjects) to the most outstanding PhD applicants for the Alliance Joint PhD. More information here. The deadline is TBC. Discussion of your application with the SMLC should start in November-early December 2022.

We are also happy to discuss other relevant funding options and self-funded study (full-time or part-time).

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Warwick offers its graduate students a vibrant research culture and community, with nearly 40 students currently enrolled on PhDs in the School, alongside some 14 Master’s students and a number of postdoctoral research fellows.

Postgraduate researchers play a vital role in our research community, together with postdoctoral researchers and academic staff of national and international renown. In the 2021REF exercise (a national research evaluation) 82% of our research outputs and 100% of our research environment were judged to be ‘world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our research expertise ranges from the Middle Ages and Early Modern period to the present. We study Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Iberian languages, and Chinese) in a broad intellectual, global and transcultural context, covering literature; cultural, social and intellectual history; film; politics and society; philosophy; and translation studies. To search for a potential supervisor in the School by their specialism, click here.

Individual staff and their specialisms can be viewed here.

Applicants who may be interested in doctoral study in Modern Languages (French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Translation and Transcultural Studies) at Warwick are invited to contact the School Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Oliver Davis, at O dot Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk as soon as possible.

Please include
  • a CV (detailing your academic curriculum to date and any other relevant training)
  • an indication of possible supervisors (where known)
  • a draft proposal of c. 2 pages.

Depending on the funding scheme, applicants will be notified between late January and early May of the outcome of their application.

Warwick Chancellor's International Scholarships (2023 entry)


Apply for admission by 12 December 2022

Apply for funding by 14 December 2022

Midlands 4 Cities (M4C) Scholarships

2023 entry

CALL NOW CLOSED for UK and International Applicants

Discuss your application
with SMLC experts first

Apply for funding by 11 January 2023 at 12 noon 

SMLC PhD Scholarship 2023 entry

Deadline 11 April (admission) / 20 April 2023 (funding application)

further details (for information)

EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle

funding call

deadline 6 May 2022

call for proposals

open to academics (supervisors) from EUTOPIA universities wishing to obtain funding for PhD co-tutelle fellowships within the EUTOPIA alliance

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