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.

It supports the professional and personal development of the next generation of leading arts and humanities doctoral researchers.

For 2021 entry, M4C is awarding 89 doctoral studentships for UK/International applicants  through an open competition, as well as 21 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector. 

As an M4C student, you will benefit from:

  • Studentship funding and enhanced support for professional training
  • Expert supervision within and across our dynamic mix of university partners
  • Networking and collaboration across the Midlands, nationally and internationally
  • Links to leading cultural organisations and creative economy partners
  • Midlands Arts Programme (MAP), an extensive range of training opportunities

Information for 2021 entry

From the academic year 2021/22, AHRC funding is open to UK and International research students. Awards for UK residents cover UK tuition fees and provide a stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate.  International applicants will be eligible for tuition fees at the UK rate and a stipend to support living costs. Please read the guidance notes for full details of funding eligibility

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 a Midlands4Cities institution and an external partner organisation. 

Please visit our application page for more information on how to apply for a studentship with the University of Birmingham as your lead institution.

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

Details of the 21 CDAs can be found on the Midlands4Cities website. The 3 University of Birmingham CDAs are:

Deadlines and further information

The deadline for funding applications and references is 12noon on Wednesday 13 January 2021. By this time you must also have applied for a place to study.  

Please refer to the University of Birmingham AHRC Applicant Guidance to ensure you submit the correct information for both your admissions and funding applications. 

The funding application form and reference forms are available from the Midlands4Cities website. It is your responsibility to ensure that your AHRC references have also been received by the deadline, on the forms provided on the Midlands4Cities website.

Please refer to the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website for more information. 

Application Writing Workshops

These workshops are aimed at prospective students who are planning to submit an application to the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. They will provide practical advice on how to plan your application and structure your research proposal.

Workshops are also offered in Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham and you are free to attend any of the workshops - you do not have to go to the one in the city where your potential home university is based.

The workshops are taking place online on Saturday 7th or Saturday 14th November 2020. Please visit the M4C website for more details and to book your workshop place.

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