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De Montfort University
Collaborative Doctoral Award with PhD
Location: Leicester
Deadline: 30 November 2023
De Montfort University's Dance, Drama and Performance Studies (DDPS) Research Institute is pleased to announce this year's AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK and international applicants.

The Dance, Drama and Performance Studies Research Institute aims to produce innovative research, both scholarly and practice-based, on performance, which embraces diversity and connects academics from within contexts of dance, drama, Live Art, adaptations, and performance research.

The DDPS's core emphasis on research excellence is supported by its international collaborations, strong connections with industry and dynamic explorations across areas engaging with Process, Politics, Philosophy. All of this fuels our vibrant PhD community and annual interdisciplinary series of research events entitled, Borderlines.

We invite applications from well-qualified students whose research interests connect with our fields of expertise in:

  • Contemporary dance, performance and improvisational practices
  • Race, culture and performance
  • Dance of the African diaspora
  • Performance philosophy
  • Shakespeare in performance (live and onscreen)
  • Restoration theatre
  • Contemporary British theatre
  • Theatre and film adaptation
  • Musical Theatre
  • Intermedial performance
  • Interdisciplinary performance
  • Directing / producing for radio or stage
  • Writing for performance
  • Popular performance, clowning and comedy
  •  Applied drama and storytelling, community performance 
  • Participatory performance 
  • Activism and performance 
  • Live Art and contemporary performance
  • Performance process
  • Gender and performance (in live performance and on screen)
  • Documentation, archives and performance
How to Apply

Applicants for M4C funding must in the first instance apply for a PhD place at DMU via DMU’s Doctoral College please follow the link below.

Following internal approval, the online deadline for M4C funding applications is 10th January 2024 (noon GMT).

For informal enquiries and advice on developing proposals for DDPS please contact Dr. Elinor Parsons or Dr. Alissa Clarke