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Postgraduate funding: PhD

The Centre is accepting expressions of interest from students wishing to pursue a postgraduate course in Renaissance Studies at Warwick (form top left). Students are able to explore various avenues for funding, depending on the course they are choosing and other criteria. Applicants are encouraged to investigate the opportunities below, check the deadlines carefully, and communicate early on with the Director of Graduate Studies Dr Aysu Dincer ( about their intentions, so that the strongest possible funding proposal may be prepared.

1. Chancellor's International Scholarships (CIS)

These are Warwick's own scheme for funding PhD research and are open to International students only. For 2024/25 entry there will be up to 42 Chancellor's International Scholarships available to be awarded to the most outstanding international and EU PhD applicants. Applicants may be from any discipline at Warwick. Preliminary applications for the internal competition of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance are due as soon as possible with a hard deadline of 17th November 2023. The Course Application Deadline is 12th December 2023, the official Scholarship Application Deadline is 14th December 2023, and the Supporting Documents Deadline is 9th January 2024. Full details including eligibility criteria are here .

2. AHRC Midlands4Cities funding for UK/EU students

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

M4C is awarding 70 doctoral studentships for UK and international applicants for 2024 through an open competition and Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) working with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

Preliminary applications for the internal competition of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance are due as soon as possible with a hard deadline of 17th November 2023.The deadline for M4C funding applications is 10th January 2024 (noon UK time) for entry in October 2024 by which time applicants must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted via the Midlands4Cities online reference form. For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, please visit: 

Attendance at one of the application workshops is strongly recommended. Our local event will be on Saturday 18th Nov 2023, 10-1pm. Applications to attend this workshop will be open until 23.59 on Wednesday 15th November 2023. Details and sign up  here.

3. China Scholarship Council (CSC) / University of Warwick Scholarships

The University is delighted to announce the China Scholarships Council (CSC) / University of Warwick Scholarships. For entry in Autumn 2024, there will be scholarships available to students who meet the CSC criteria applying to any PhD discipline. Eligibility: PhD applicants and first year PhD students who meet the CSC critieria. Value: The University will cover the full payment of overseas tuition fees for the duration of the CSC funding period and a stipend enhancement; China Scholarships Council will provide a maintenance stipend and return international airfare between the UK and China for successful applicants. Warwick course application Deadline is 16th January 2024. More details and deadlines here 

Preliminary steps for applying to either scheme (CIS, M4C or CSC):

Students interested in applying for a doctoral programme in our Centre are encouraged to identify potential supervisors and contact them as soon as possible in order to discuss their research proposal. Further information about the Department’s research staff can be found here. (Please note, you should search for 'academic staff' only, by using the 'filter by role' tick box option on the left of the People page.) FindaPhD has some excellent advice about how to write the research proposalLink opens in a new window.

For enquiries / expressions of interest in our PhD, please complete this form as soon as possible, attaching your research proposal (max 2 sides of A4), CV and transcripts. There are several parts to the application process, which can take quite some time and also requires action on the part of administrative and academic staff, so you should submit your formal application (if encouraged to do so) well in advance of the closing date.