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AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

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 Nottingham Trent University, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University and The University of Nottingham.

M4C studentships

M4C is awarding up to 93 doctoral studentships for UK and International applicants for 2022 entry through an open competition and 16 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

Application process

For a step-by-step guide on the application process, please visit M4C application process. The deadline for M4C funding applications is 12 January 2022 (12pm), by which time you 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 our November application writing workshops, please visit Midlands4Cities or contact M4C via email.

Open Doctoral Award

The eight universities of Midlands4Cities provide doctoral researchers with access to world-class supervisory expertise and support across the breadth of arts and humanities subjects. The Open Doctoral Award invites you to design and agree a research project with academic supervisors within the M4C partnership.

  • Your supervisory team should include at least two academic supervisors.
  • You can draw on supervisory expertise from across the eight universities that comprise M4C.
  • Where relevant, your supervisory team may also include a member from a non-university partner organisation, for example from the cultural, creative or heritage sector.

Nottingham Trent University offers supervisory expertise in the following areas, departments, research centres, and research groups:

You can explore the supervisory expertise of other universities to create your perfect supervisory team.

Collaborative Doctoral Award

These awards are jointly developed and co-supervised between Nottingham Trent University and an external partner organisation. Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) offer diverse and unique research projects that support the work of the partner organisation.

We have two CDA projects available:

History and the high street 1750s to 2030s: Uppingham reimagined

This project addresses the crisis of the high street. Challenging presentist explanations - online shopping; taxes; consumption patterns – and solutions, you will analyse the changing composition and meaning of the high street in the market town of Uppingham from 1750-2022 to show how history can inform future policy.

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PhD student Laura Ewart

Our NTU researchers

Learn more about our Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership from our current NTU researcher, Laura Ewart.

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