Arts and Humanities Research Council Funding

Through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Birmingham is one of six institutions offering up to 89 Arts and Humanities Research Council funded studentships for 2016 entry. Applications for the 2016/17 round are now open.

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

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 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.

Interested? Next Steps:

Please refer to The Midlands3Cities DTP website for more information. 

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

Training and support

Students who receive funding from the Doctoral Training Partnership 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 Tuesday 12 January 2016, 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 The Midlands3Cities DTP website.