Arts and Humanities Research Council funding through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

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 will award 460 doctoral studentships between 2019 and 2023, including 40 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs).

Please note that applications for 2021 entry are now closed.

General information 

From the academic year 2021/22, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding is open to UK and International research students. M4C studentships can be undertaken full-time and part-time. Studentships for open doctoral awards are for 3.5 years and for the CDAs are for 4 years full-time study (a maximum of 7 years and 8 years respectively for part-time study).

There are two routes to PhD study:

  • Open Doctoral Awards, where you agree a research proposal in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary area of the arts and humanities with your supervisory team. 
  • Collaborative Doctoral Awards, which are co-designed between an M4C institution and an external partner organisation. 

Open Doctoral Awards

We invite applications from UK and International students with research interests in the following AHRC subject 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 full details of the research areas available, please see our AHRC research areas.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Available projects will be advertised when applications reopen for 2022 entry.

Deadlines and further information

Applications for 2021 entry closed on Wednesday 13 January 2021. You can subscribe to the M4C mailing list to receive information on applications for 2022 entry. 

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