How to apply for AHRC funding

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 80 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2019 through an open competition and 11 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

M4C 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 2019 entry

Step one: choose your route for PhD study

Midlands4Cities offers two routes for funded PhD study:

Open Doctoral Awards

You agree a research proposal in any disciplinary and interdisciplinary area of the arts and humanities with your supervisory team. 

You can identify prospective supervisors in your area of interest using the Midlands4Cities supervisor search, and you can also see details of the research areas we support at the University of Birmingham.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs)

These projects are co-designed between a Midlands4Cities institution and an external partner organisation. Eleven CDAs are available for entry in 2019, including two at the University of Birmingham: 

  • The creativity of figurative messaging in advertising: a collaborative investigation into its application and measurement of success in real-world advertising campaigns.
  • Imperial Connections: Re-examining Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.

Please note: You are only allowed to submit one application, but students who submit an application for a CDA are eligible to apply to the Open Doctoral Award competition.

Step two: apply for a place to study

For the Open Doctoral Awards, you should apply to the university where your lead supervisor is based. For the Collaborative Doctoral Awards, you should apply to the university which is leading the project.

To apply to the University of Birmingham as your lead Midlands4Cities institution, please choose the relevant PhD subject, and submit an application. For the Open Doctoral Awards, you find it helpful to consult our research areas for further guidance on the most appropriate subject.

Your application to study at the University of Birmingham must be submitted separately to your Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership funding application (see step three below). You will not be able to submit your funding application until you have applied to the University of Birmingham and received your applicant ID.

Please also browse our frequently asked questions for more information.

Step three: apply for funding

Apply for funding through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website. The deadline for applications is 12noon on Monday 14 January 2019

Full details and guidance notes are provided on the Midlands4Cities website.

Before you submit your application, please refer to the University of Birmingham AHRC Applicant Guidance notes (PDF; 415KB) to ensure you submit the correct information for both your admissions and funding applications.

Important note: references

The University of Birmingham must receive two funding references from your nominated referees before the application deadline (12noon, Monday 14 January 2019). 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 supply your references on the form provided on the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website - no other references can be accepted.