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Aspiring researcher awards

Birmingham City University is delighted to announce the launch of the Aspiring Researcher Awards (ARA) in the School of Law and the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media as part of its commitment to the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, which promotes research across the arts and humanities.

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The Aspiring Researcher Awards will support those who:

  • hold an offer for a relevant Master’s course to start in September 2021;
  • have outstanding potential for research degree study;
  • are committed to a research career and contributing to university research culture;
  • have the ambition to apply for a PhD.

Each award will be a contribution of £2,000 to your course fees. The ARA is open to UK and international students and for full-time or part-time study on an MA, MFA, MArch or LLM course in the School of Law or the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Award categories

Up to 12 awards will be made across the following categories:

Aspiring Researcher in Art and Design award

Aspiring Researcher in Law award

Aspiring Researcher in Music and Performing Arts award

Aspiring Researcher in Media award

Aspiring Researcher in English award

Aspiring Interdisciplinary Researcher award

Your application will need to demonstrate that you have relevant qualifications and/or experience; that you understand the nature of research in your chosen field and the skills you will need to develop; and that you have considered how your selected Master’s course can support your research career ambitions (with a particular focus on progressing to doctoral study).

Applications are now closed for 2021. Information about the 2022 application round will be published shortly. For enquiries please contact Julie Tims-

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