Midlands4Cities Fully Funded PhD Studentships

AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK and International Applicants

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.

Through our Open Doctoral and Collaborative Doctoral Awards Midlands4Cities will fund and support outstanding research for 109 doctoral researchers across the breadth of Arts and Humanities starting in October 2022.

There are 93 PhD studentships available through an open competition and M4C is also awarding 16 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) which provide diverse and unique project opportunities with national, regional, and local partner organisations. UK, EU, and International applicants are eligible for both routes for 2022 entry. Further details on the funding provided are available on the M4C website.

The deadline for AHRC funding applications is 12 January 2022 - 12.00 hours (UTC+0).  Applicants must also have applied for a place to study at one of the eight M4C universities. For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please visit the M4C website or contact enquiries@midlands4cities.ac.uk.

AHRC funding is open to all UK and International students who meet the academic and residency eligibility criteria as detailed in the M4C application guidance notes.

International Applicants

International applicants will be eligible for tuition fees at the UK rate and a stipend to support living costs. UKRI (AHRC) funding will not cover international fees set by universities.  As an indication, at BCU the international fees for 2021/22 are £13,200. The UKVI tuition fee rate for 2021/22 is £4,500. If an international applicant were to be successful, they would have to pay the difference in fees (£8,700), and also comply with all other international admissions requirements, including a valid Academic IELTS certificate with an overall score of 7.0 with no band below 6.5 or equivalent.  We encourage international applicants to visit the international pages of the BCU website at www.bcu.ac.uk/international for full information. International applicants must be able to confirm that they are in a position to fund the international fees before applying for Midlands4Cities funding at BCU.

If you are unsure of your status, UKCISA provides information on tuition fees to help you assess your fee status, with guidance on whether you have UK or international student status.  

There are two routes to PhD study with M4C:

Open Doctoral Awards where you agreed a research project with academic supervisors within the M4C partnership. There is the potential to build cross-institutional supervisory teams to maximise fit and expertise. Studentships are 3.5 years for full-time study.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) see you apply for advertised projects co-designed, and jointly supervised, between an M4C university and an external partner organisation. CDAs offer diverse and unique research projects that support the work of the partner organisation. Studentships are four years for full-time study.

Applications for 2022/23 - recruitment will open on Monday 18 October 2021

The deadline for M4C funding applications is Wednesday 12 January 2022 (noon), by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the M4C online reference form. 

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of the November application writing workshops, please refer to the Midlands4Cities website: www.midlands4cities.ac.uk.

Applying to study at Birmingham City University for Midlands4Cities

Make an enquiry

Please download our expression of interest form, complete it and send to m4c@bcu.ac.uk. This will ensure that you receive all BCU-specific guidance for applying for M4C funding.

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

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.

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