Arts and Humanities Research Council funding

Through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Birmingham is one of six institutions offering £14.6 Million in AHRC funding for arts and humanities doctoral research training.

Applications will open for the 2016/17 round in October 2015. 

For subject-specific advice to help you secure one of these prestigious studentships, please register to attend the Midlands3Cities Birmingham PhD Writing Workshop  on Saturday 14th November. More information will be available shortly. You can sign up to receive further details HERE

For more information on the application process, as guidance for 2016/17 applications, please visit our Application Page

Information from last year’s awards (for reference only):

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, offering a wide range of specialsms, alongside access to the expertise across the six HEIs which make up Midlands3Cities.

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. 

This doctoral 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. 

For more information on how to apply for a studentship with Birmingham as your lead institution, please visit our Application Page, or contact
We invite applications from 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, 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 and references is Wednesday 14th January 2015, 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.

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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