General information about AHRC funding

Through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Birmingham is one of six institutions offering up to 87 Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD studentships for 2017 entry. Recruitment is now open. The application deadline is Monday 16 January 2017.

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

This doctoral scheme provides studentships which enable students 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. They are for campus based students only and distance learning is not therefore eligible.  

For more information on how to apply for a studentship with Birmingham as your lead institution, please visit our Application Page.

We invite applications from Home and EU students with research interests in the following broad areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Drama and Theatre Arts
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Heritage Studies
  • History (including African Studies)
  • Interdisciplinary (including Sexuality and Gender Studies)
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Media, Film Studies and Creative Writing
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theology and Religion
  • Visual Arts and History of Art

For a full list of the research areas available, please see our AHRC Research Areas.

Deadlines and further information

The deadline for funding applications and references is Monday 16 January 2017, by which time you must also have applied for a place to study.  The funding application form and reference forms are available from the Midlands3Cities website. It is your responsibility to ensure that your AHRC references have also been received by the deadline, on the forms provided on the Midlands3Cities website.

You will need to refer to the University of Birmingham AHRC Applicant Guidance (PDF, 300KB) before your application is submitted.  It is important that you read the guidance document to ensure you submit the correct information for both your admissions and funding applications.

Please refer to The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website for more information. 

For more information on the application process, as guidance for applications, please visit our Application Page.  

Support with your application

We have produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions, which lists important contacts and answers many of the questions you may have, along with some additional guidance notes for applicants. 

Further information

For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website.