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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 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.

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M4C studentships

M4C is awarding up to 60 doctoral studentships for UK and International applicants for 2023 entry through an open competition and 13 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 Midlands4Cities - M4C. The deadline for M4C funding applications is 11th January 2023 12 noon, 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 - M4C 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:

Collaborative Doctoral Award

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

We have two CDA projects available:

Re-interpreting convict transportation: Decolonising the convict transportation exhibition at the National Justice Museum, Nottingham

This project draws on decolonial theory and praxis to re-imagine museum interpretation around convict transportation. It explores how historic sites linked to convict transportation and penal settlement can better incorporate stories of displacement and subordination of indigenous populations linking these to contemporary narratives of exile, deportation, and confinement.

Full description at: Re-interpreting-convict-transportation-NTU-CDA-pdf.pdf (

Feminism Between the Waves: A Political and Cultural History of the Six Point Group

The Six Point Group (SPG) was Britain’s leading gender equality organisation in the interwar years. This project will reconstruct the history of the SPG from its archive at the Women’s Library at London School of Economics and enrich our understanding of feminist campaigning between feminism’s so-called ‘first’ and ‘second’ waves.

Full description at: Feminism-Between-the-Waves-NTU.pdf (

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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