AHRC funding through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
Arts and Law, African Studies, American and Canadian Studies, Antiquity, Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Drama and Theatre Arts, English Language and Linguistics, English Literature, Film and Creative Writing, Heritage, History, History of Art, Law, Modern Languages and Cultures, Music, Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Geography, Education
Type of Award
Research Council
Deadline for applying
Closed 14/01/2020 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C DTP) is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, the University of Warwick, Coventry University, De Montfort University, the University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University, and the University of Nottingham.

M4C is awarding up to 94 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2020 through an open competition and 15 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.  

For 2020 entry, there are two routes to PhD study:

  • Open Doctoral Awards, where you agree a research proposal in any disciplinary and interdisciplinary area of the arts and humanities with your supervisory team. 
  • Collaborative Doctoral Awards, which are co-designed between a Midlands4Cities institution and an external partner organisation. There are 15 CDAs available in 2020, including two hosted by the University of Birmingham.
  1. Hay Festival and Reading in the Digital Age Collaborative Doctoral Award
  2. Slavery and Empire on Display at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire Collaborative Doctoral Award

Value of Award

A full-time studentship award consists of three parts:

  • Payment of approved fees (as set and agreed by the Research Councils) 
  • Maintenance grant (or stipend) for the student 
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) which includes UK/overseas fieldwork and attendance at conferences (by application only for current PhD students)

Eligibility Criteria

These awards are available to UK/EU students. Studentships for open doctoral awards are for 3.5 years and for the collaborative doctoral awards are for 4 years full-time study. The awards are for campus-based students only, and distance learning is therefore not eligible.

Current PhD students are eligible to apply for an M4C studentship, providing that, at the start of the award, you have at least 50% (excluding writing-up) of your period of study remaining. 

Please also refer to the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website.

How to Apply

Please refer to the Midlands4Cities website.

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