Arts and Humanities Research Council funding

3citiesbannerThe Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. The DTP, a collaboration between the universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham, Birmingham City University, De
Montfort University and Nottingham Trent University, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision – including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate – subject specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

The University of Birmingham’s College of Arts and Law is inviting applications from students whose research interests include:

  • Archaeology
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural and Museum Studies
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Sexuality and Gender Studies
  • Theology and Religious Studies

For a full list of the research areas available, and to apply for a course, please see our AHRC Research Areas.

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 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 your personal development
  • Access to online resources
  • Language training
  • Employability skills training

This support will be available throughout your PhD, and beyond.

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.


The deadline for funding applications is Thursday 9 January 2014, by which time you must also have applied for a place to study. Your references must be received no later than Tuesday 14 January 2014.

The funding application form and reference forms are available from the Midlands3Cities website.

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 (.doc - 18kb).

Further information

For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit

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