Apply for Studentships in the Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Please note that applications have now closed, but will reopen for the 2016/17 round in September 2015. 

This page details each step of the 2015/16 application process, and directs you to all of the information you may need when applying for one of the studentships to be awarded in 2016/17, with the University of Birmingham as your lead institution. 

Here at Birmingham, we are very proud of the breadth and depth of the research undertaken in the College of Arts and Law and across the University. If you have not already done so, we invite you to find a suitable supervisor from among our Research Interests

Studentship application procedure

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Traning Scheme provides studentships which 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. 

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. 

For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas across the six institutions, please visit

For enquiries related to your application to study an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Birmingham, please contact

The application process has three stages all of which had to be completed by the deadline of Wednesday, 14th January 2015 :

Stage one: apply for a place to study

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. 

Please note that this application must have been submitted before you are able to apply for funding through Midlands3Cities. 

Stage two: apply for funding

Apply for funding through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Stage three: submit two references (deadline 14th January 2015)

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:

The deadline for these references to be received was Wednesday, 14th January 2015.