M4C CDA: Dance as a catalyst for living well; examining the potential for Living Well Hubs to improve people’s lives through dance

M4C CDA: Dance as a catalyst for living well; examining the potential for Living Well Hubs to improve people’s lives through dance

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees. Visit the M4C website for funding information.

Duration: Full time - between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 13th January 2021

Interview dates: Interview date will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2021

To find out more about the project, please contact Alli Sellors.


The Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University is inviting applications for a Midlands4Cities (M4C) Collaborative Doctoral Award project, supervised by Professor Sarah Whatley in collaboration with People Dancing.

Project details

This project will explore the formation of  ‘Living Well Hubs’ on a national level, which will be able to supercharge the contribution of dance to those living with long-term health conditions, by situating dance as art at the forefront of discourse and practice, to explore what changes/influences could be achieved.

The project will be a unique opportunity to bring together academics and dance professionals to make a step change in collaborative research where the art of dance can make a difference to those living with long-term health conditions.

The project will link to a major new programme; ‘Living Well with Parkinson’s’ (2020-2024), led by People Dancing, directly involving dance and health professionals, in order to examine the structures, modes of delivery, and partnerships that are necessary to build ‘Living Well Hubs’ for successful dance and health initiatives into the future. Whilst there is plenty of evidence of the value of dance for those living with long-term health conditions, there lacks a national infrastructure to increase access and support for these initiatives. The ‘Living Well Hubs’ can learn from the value of the impact of dance and Parkinson’s, and how the learning can be applied to other neurological disorders and long-term health conditions.


This project is fully-funded, including Tuition Fee and Stipend/Bursary. Find out more on the M4C website.


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.

It provides:

  • Studentship funding and enhanced support for professional training
  • Expert supervision within and across our dynamic mix of university partners
  • Networking and collaboration across the Midlands, nationally and internationally
  • Links to leading cultural organisations and creative economy partners
  • Midlands Arts Programme (MAP), an extensive range of training opportunities

Find out more on the M4C website.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Candidate specification

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • A Masters qualification in a relevant subject at the time of application or be able to state that you will have completed one by the time your PhD begins (even though the result may not be known and the final examination board may not yet have taken place). You can also apply on the basis of having equivalent relevant professional experience in lieu of a Masters qualification.’
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Alli Sellors.

The application process involves applying both to Coventry and to Midlands4Cities by the 13th January 2021.

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