AHRC funding through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

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 94 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2020 through an open competition and 15 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector. 

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.

Information for 2020 entry

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. There are 15 CDAs available in 2020, including two hosted by the University of Birmingham.

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 EU 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 15 CDAs can be found on the Midlands4Cities website. The two University of Birmingham CDAs are:

  • Hay Festival and Reading in the Digital Age 
  • Slavery and Empire on Display at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

Deadlines and further information

The deadline for funding applications and references is 12noon on Tuesday 14 January 2020. 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.

The Birmingham Application Writing Workshop will take place on Saturday 16 November 2019 from 1pm-4pm, at University of Birmingham. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please book online to secure your place.

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.

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