Apply for Studentships in the Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Birmingham is proud to accept applications for the 410 PhD studentships to be offered across six institutions from 2014/15.

Through the partnership, the University of Birmingham's 2014 AHRC-funded PhD students will have the opportunity to draw on the combined expertise of the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester, Birmingham City University, Nottingham Trent University and De Montfort University. 

Please note that applications for funding in 2014/15 have now closed. Existing applicants may wish to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details on how their applications will progress, and all applicants will be informed of the panel's decision no later than the end of March 2014. Funding information for 2015/16 will be added here as soon as it becomes available. 

This page details each step of the 2014/15 application process, and directs you to all of the information you may need when applying for one of these studentships, with the University of Birmingham as your lead institution. 

Studentship application procedure

This doctoral scheme provides studentships to enable you to undertake and complete a doctoral degree. Studentships will normally be for up to three years for full-time study, or up to six years for part-time study. 

We encourage all potential applicants to make contact with us as soon as possible, well before the deadline. Please direct any initial enquiries to ahrc@contacts.bham.ac.uk. Please note that, due to the Christmas closedown period, any enquiries sent between Monday 23 December 2013 and Thursday 2 January 2014 will not be answered until Friday 3 January 2014 at the very earliest. 

The application process has three stages:

Stage one: apply for a place to study (deadline 9 January 2014)

Having chosen Birmingham as your lead M3C institution, please select your relevant course from among our AHRC-funded research areas

Please then choose the relevant PhD subject, and submit an application. 

The deadline for this stage is Thursday 9 January 2014.

Stage two: apply for funding (deadline 9 January 2014)

Apply for funding through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

The deadline for this stage is also Thursday 9 January 2014.

Stage three: submit two references (deadline 14 January 2014)

The University of Birmingham must receive two references, which have to be submitted by your nominated referees. You must ensure that referees write your references on the form below:

These references must be received by Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas across the six institutions, please visit www.midlands3cities.ac.uk.

For enquiries related to your application to study an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Birmingham, please contact ahrc@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Support with your application

We have produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions, which answers many of the questions you may have, and provides contact details for any further support you may require. 

Studentship application eligibility

AHRC funding is open to all UK and EU students*, who meet the academic and residency eligibility criteria as detailed in the AHRC studentship guidelines (PDF), Section 7 (page 60) and Annex A (Page 92). 

International applicants: alternative funding opportunities

AHRC funding in the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership is currently only open to UK and EU students. For more information on opportunities for International Students, please our International fees and funding pages. 

Studentship types and values

Full-time studentships

A full-time studentship award consists of three parts:

  • Payment of approved fees (as set and agreed by the Research Councils) - currently £3,900 p.a.
  • Maintenance grant (or stipend) for the student - currently £13,726 p.a.*
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) which includes UK/Overseas fieldwork and attendance at conferences (by application only for current PhD students)

* EU Students , unless they have been living in the UK for 3 years previous to the start of their studentship, are normally awarded a Fees Only studentship. This is in line with Research Council rules. In the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, we are currently exploring ways in which a stipend could also be provided from Institutional funds in order to enable us to offer a fully-funded studentship to EU applicants. This is not guaranteed as it is dependent on funds available, but we hope to be able to offer stipends wherever possible. Therefore, EU applicants should submit an application and, if successful, will be informed of the level of funding they have been awarded. On that basis, they will be able to decide whether to accept the offer or to decline the studentship. 

Part-time studentships

A part-time studentship consists of:

  • Payment of approved pro-rata part-time fees
  • A pro-rata maintenance grant, at 50% of the stipend (see 'Full-time studentships)*
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) which includes UK/Overseas fieldwork and attendance at conferences (by application only for current PhD students)

Fees only studentship

A fees only studentship consists of:

  • Payment of approved fees (as set and agreed by the Research Councils)
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) which includes UK/Overseas fieldwork and attendance at conferences (by application only for current PhD students)
 

* , unless they have been living in the UK for 3 years previous to the start of their studentship, are normally awarded a Fees Only studentship. This is in line with Research Council rules. In the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, we are currently exploring ways in which a stipend could also be provided from Institutional funds in order to enable us to offer a fully-funded studentship to EU applicants. This is not guaranteed as it is dependent on funds available, but we hope to be able to offer stipends wherever possible. Therefore, EU applicants should submit an application and, if successful, will be informed of the level of funding they have been awarded. On that basis, they will be able to decide whether to accept the offer or to decline the studentship. 

Training and support

Students who receive funding from the DTP will have access to training and support from Graduate Schools and Centres across all six institutions. 

The University of Birmingham will offer support,  throughout your PhD and beyond,  from both the University Graduate School and College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which includes: 

  • Development Needs Analysis to support your skills development
  • Workshops and events to contribute to your personal development
  • Access to online resources
  • Language training
  • Employability skills training

The University of Birmingham is also pleased to be working closely with local partner organisations to offer placements and collaborative research opportunities. These include the Library of Birmingham at Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Museums Trust.