The Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP offer

  • Funding - all applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend (£18,622 in 2023 to 24), and payment of tuition fees at the home fee rate. The University of Nottingham will be offering a limited number of Fee Scholarships to international applicants who are successful in securing studentship funding from Midlands Graduate School (MGS). The Fee Scholarship will be used to cover the difference between the level of home fees and international fees.
  • Supervision - from experienced academics across eight universities
  • Research in practice - placement in academia, policy, business or third-sector organisations
  • Training - both research and career skills
  • Networking and collaboration - with other MGS students, our academics and research partners

MGS funding is open to both home and international applicants.

The MGS partnership

MGS is a collaboration between eight leading universities across the Midlands - Aston University; University of Birmingham; De Montfort University; University of Leicester; Loughborough University; Nottingham Trent University; University of Nottingham; University of Warwick.

Find out more about the MGS partnership


Types of MGS Awards


Pathway-specific studentships


How to apply for a pathway-specific studentship supervised or co-supervised in the Faculty of Arts


Step 1: Choose your pathway

We offer supervision and PhDs for the following pathways. Contact a department lead for more information.

Pathways and lead academics
MGS pathwaysNottingham pathway leadRelevant Faculty of Arts PhDs

Applied Linguistics

Professor Louise Mullaney

  • Applied Linguistics

Area Studies

Dr Jörg Arnold

  • History

Cross-disciplinary Methodologies and Advanced Data Analysis

Professor Marek Korczynski (Business)

Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • History

Health and Wellbeing

Dr Elena Nixon (Medicine)

  • Applied Linguistics
  • History

Living in a Digital Society

Professor Marek Korczynski

Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • History

Sustainable Development, Net Zero and Climate Resistance

Professor Marek Korczynski

Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • History


Step 2: Apply for a Faculty of Arts PhD matched to your pathway

Applied Linguistics PhD

History PhD

Find a supervisor for your PhD research

Explore all our Faculty of Arts PhDs for interdisciplinary pathways


Step 3: Apply for a MGS studentship

Application deadline: noon, Tuesday 24 Jan 2024 for October 2024 start

Application form and guidance


Collaborative and strategic joint project-led studentship

These involve research or other activities with external public, private or third sector organisations. More information will be available in February 2024 for October 2024 start.


More information

Other sources of funding for PhD resarch in the Faculty of Arts

Support for PhD researchers in the Faculty of Arts

The MGS ESRC also covers many research opportunities within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Search for Social Science PhDs