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
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Research Council
Deadline for applying
Closed 13/01/2021 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) 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 89 doctoral studentships for UK and/or International applicants for 2021 through an open competition, and 21 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.  

For 2021 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 21 CDAs available in 2021, including 3 hosted by the University of Birmingham.
  1. A place-based approach to literacy: the importance of partnership-working to the delivery of a successful local area project
  2. Everything to Everybody?: A Critical History of the World’s Premier Public Shakespeare Library
  3. Lucian Freud’s Childhood Correspondence and Drawings

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 open to all UK and International students who meet the academic and residency eligibility criteria, as detailed in the M4C application Guidance Notes. 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 read our FAQs for further details. 

Please also refer to the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website.

How to Apply

Please refer to the Midlands4Cities website. Please see our web pages for further guidance on applying with the University of Birmingham as your lead institution.