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.

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.

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 14 January 2020 (noon), by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form.

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please contact enquiries@midlands4cities.ac.uk

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.

Find a project

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are co-designed between an M4C university and an external partner organisation. CDAs offer a project with established research aims, responding to particular needs in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors. The supervisory teams are pre-established and are made up of academics from a Midlands4Cities university and a member of the external partner organisation.

A Collaborative Doctoral Award allows you to:

  • Produce a quality thesis under expert academic and partner supervision
  • Gain first-hand experience of partner organisations outside the university environment
  • Enhance employability and skills

The Birmingham City University projects are listed below, or you can view all projects here.

A qualitative study of the reception of the literary arts and its implications for public funding for writing in the Midlands and beyond

The political economy of screen archives - innovation, sustainability and the value of screen heritage

Make an enquiry

Please download our expression of interest form, complete it and send to m4c@bcu.ac.uk.

In order to ensure that there is sufficient time to develop a full application, the annual deadline for the submission of an expression of interest is 30 November. If you miss this deadline and would still like to be considered, please contact m4c@bcu.ac.uk.

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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