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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 2024

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: May 2024

Coventry Race XChange Studentships research cluster

Coventry RACE XChange Studentship Research Cluster – One studentship left!

Coventry University and Warwick University are working jointly to fully fund a number of dual award PhD studentships matched with experienced PhD supervisors from across both institutions.

Our aim is to build and sustain an innovative research cluster comprising doctoral students who are developing their own individual research alongside a group of staff committed to supporting their doctoral journeys and passionate about understanding issues of race in higher education.

There is one studentship left to be filled and we are looking for a suitable applicant who is keen to develop knowledge of ways of improving access and participation for black, Asian or minority ethnic students in postgraduate research in the UK. Our preference is to appoint someone who is comfortable with a mixed methods research approach.

The equity of access to HE and the barriers and challenges faced by ethnic minoritised students through school to university require further research. How does previous schooling, in the area in which a child or young person lives, impact on their ability to access postgraduate education? Understanding this requires an exploration of a young person’s educational pipeline, from attending school through to post-graduate studies. Throughout the educational journey, how are careers in research promoted? The key players, including teachers, head teachers, academy trust leaders, Special Educational Needs teachers, and school administrators all play a part in the daily life of a pupil. How might school teaching and leadership break down barriers to progression for ethnic minoritised children? A critical question is: Do approaches, support, and attitudes differ between schools in different socio-economic catchment areas?

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

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 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
    PLUS 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)

For further details see: 


For more information about the studying for a PhD, the Race XChange project, your ideas for a proposal and submitting your application please contact Emmanuel Johnson.

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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