Midlands3Cities Fully Funded PhD Scholarships

You could get a fully funded PhD, plus get extra money for living expenses through the Midlands3Cities Arts and Humanities scholarships.

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), a collaboration between the universities of Birmingham City, Birmingham, De Montfort, Leicester, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

The Doctoral Training Partnership can provide stipend funding of up to £14,296 plus your course fees covered, if you take one of our PhDs in Arts and Design, Media and Cultural Studies, English, Music or Law. 

There are also Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) available with pre-defined projects which involve collaboration with a local cultural institution.

Applications for 2018-19 intake are open from 9 October 2017. The application deadline is 15 January 2018.

Application writing workshop

We recommend prospective applicants attend the application writing workshop in Birmingham on Saturday 11th November at Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham, 1pm-4pm. Register your place on Eventbrite.

How to apply

1. Find your preferred PhD 

Choose from one of our prestigious arts and humanities PhDs:

2. Locate your supervisors

Use the Midlands3Cities supervisor finder to locate the supervisors you would like on your team.

3. Make an enquiry

Please download our expression of interest form (link below), complete it and send to m3c@bcu.ac.uk. The deadline for the submission of an expression of interest is Friday 15 December 2017.

Download expression of interest form 

Top tips for writing your research proposal

Don't know where to start with your PhD application? Dr John Mercer, Reader in Gender and Sexuality at Birmingham School of Media, shares his advice.

John's top tips:

  • What’s your topic and what’s the problem?
  • Who cares and why does it matter?
  • Every word counts, so choose them carefully!

Read more on John's blog

4. Make your full PhD application with us

Once your research proposal is confirmed with the supervisor, you'll be encouraged to make a full PhD application with us.

We will send you a PhD application form to complete by email at this stage.

5. Submit references and apply for Midlands3Cities funding

You must submit two academic references and apply for Midlands 3 Cities funding on the Midlands3Cities website.

We advise starting your funding application at the same time as your PhD application. However, you will not be able to submit your funding application until you have received your applicant ID. 

A day in the life of a Midlands 3 Cities student

In this short video, Media and Cultural Studies PhD student and Midlands3Cities Scholarship winner Karen Patel tells her story: