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Midlands4Cities Fully Funded PhD Studentships

AHRC Midlands4Cities funding for UK/EU students

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.

M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, 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 (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

Applications for 2020/21 have now closed - recruitment will open again in October 2020. 

M4C provides:

  • 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.

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please contact

Applying to study at Birmingham City University for Midlands4Cities

The application for a Midlands4Cities studentship is a two part process: applying for a place to study and then applying for funding. It is essential that you read the Midlands4Cities applicant guidance notes before starting your application.

Research degree programmes in the arts and humanities at BCU.

Make an enquiry

Applications for 2020/21 have now closed – recruitment will open again in October 2020

If you are interested in applying for 2021/22 please download our expression of interest form, complete it and send to

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, Professor of 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!

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