The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID) and the Drama Research Group at De Montfort University are inviting applications from exceptional students 

We wanted to alert you to the live call for doctoral applications to the Midlands 3 Cities DTP. 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 is awarding up to 80 fully funded PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2018 entry. The M3C is also awarding 7 Collaborative Doctoral Awards across the region, including one at Leicester City Council on cultural value.

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, which are regional, national and international in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID) and the Drama Research Group at De Montfort University are now inviting applications from exceptional students whose research interests include:

  • Early 20th century dance history
  • Contemporary dance, performance and improvisational practices
  • Dance of the African diaspora
  • Dance and pedagogy in Higher Education
  • Performance and modernity
  • Live Art
  • Text-based theatre of the Renaissance and of the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Popular performance histories and practice
  • Contemporary performance pedagogy
  • Transformations of practice (indicative areas include performance, technology,

          collaboration, audience-participation etc.)

  • Performance philosophy
  • Gender, sexuality and performance
  • Performer training, directing and writing for performance
  • Radio drama
  • Applied performance
  • Music and performance
  • Wrestling and performance

Subject specific expressions of Interest, including a CV and an outline proposal, should be sent to:

Michael Huxley, Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID) (

Claire Warden, Director of the Drama Research Group ( )

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 November application writing workshops (18 November for Leicester), please visit or contact