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Coventry Race XChange

Eligibility: UK domiciled applicants only

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees

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

Application deadline: 31 March 2023

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: May 2023

Coventry Race XChange Studentships research cluster

Coventry University and Warwick University are working jointly to fund a research cluster of six fully funded dual award PhD studentships matched with experienced PhD supervisors from across both institutions. These studentships will enable successful applicants to develop leading research on improving access and participation for minority ethnic students in postgraduate research in the UK.

Our aim is to build and sustain an innovative research cluster comprising doctoral students who are developing their own individual research into broadly related themes, in race and higher education.

There is an expectation that all proposals will include some element of an intersectional analysis within the application and will include critical analysis of the racialised dimensions of higher education.

Minority ethnic lived experiences of higher education reflected in the application are also particularly encouraged. 

For more information and to arrange an informal discussion with our research leads, please email collaborative.phd@coventry.ac.uk with details of your proposed research and include ‘Coventry Race XChange’ Studentships’ in the subject field.


Fees will be covered for the duration of your studies and you will be paid a tax-free maintenance stipend for 3 ½ years of £17,668 p.a. in line with UKRI.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

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. 

Eligibility requirements

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD 

·        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. 
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years

a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

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For more information about the studying for a PhD, the Race XChange project, your ideas for a proposal and submitting your application please contact collaborative.phd@coventry.ac.uk.

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter plus a research proposal based within the selected theme/area of approx. 3,000 words.

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