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AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

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 2022 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

The application deadline is Wednesday 11 January, 12 pm.

For a step-by-step guide on the application process, please visit M4C application process.

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, 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.

Richard III’s Afterlife: Adaptation and Heritage

The discovery of Richard III’s remains in Leicester in August 2012 hit the headlines around the world. This research project focuses on the cultural reception of Richard III, from the demonic figure of Tudor propaganda to Shakespeare’s play and its performance history, to revisions of the monarch in historical fiction.

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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