How to apply for AHRC funding

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.

M3C DTP is awarding up to 80 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2018 entry. 

M3C provides research candidates with expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision), research training and access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors.  

Information for University of Birmingham applicants

Stage one: apply for a place to study

Having chosen the University of Birmingham as your lead Midlands3Cities institution, please select your relevant course from among our AHRC-funded research areas. Please then choose the relevant PhD subject, and submit an application. You will need to refer to the University of Birmingham AHRC Applicant Guidance notes (PDF 300KB) before this is submitted. Please also browse our frequently asked questions.

Your application to study at the University of Birmingham must be submitted separately to your Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership funding application (see stage two below). You can start your funding application at the same time as your University application. However, you will not be able to submit your funding application until you have applied to the University of Birmingham and received your applicant ID.

Stage two: apply for funding

Apply for funding through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website, meeting the deadline of Monday 15 January 2018. Full details are provided on the Midlands3Cities website.

Important note: references

The University of Birmingham must receive two funding references from your nominated referees before the application deadline of Monday 15 January 2018. It is your responsibility to ensure that you contact your referees for the AHRC references and that they have been received by this deadline.

You must ensure that referees write your references on the form provided on the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website - no other references can be accepted.  

Please ensure you read the University of Birmingham AHRC Applicant Guidance notes (PDF 300KB) for more information.

Find out more - attend an application writing workshop

This workshop is aimed at potential students who are planning to submit an application for PhD research to the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Practical advice will be given on how to plan your application and structure your research proposal.

Book your place for the Birmingham workshop now, hosted at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 11 November 2017 from 1pm - 4pm.

If you cannot attend this date, alternative workshops are offered in Leicester and Nottingham. Please visit the M3C DTP website for more information on how to book a place and the timings.