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AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Programme 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.

AHRC Midlands4Cities

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.

M4C is awarding up to 89 doctoral studentships for UK and International applicants for 2021 entry through an open competition and 21 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

How to apply

For a step-by-step guide on the application process, please visit the M4C application process. The deadline for M4C funding applications is 13 January 2021 (12 pm), 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 compromise 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:

You can explore other universities supervisory expertise 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. CDAs offer diverse and unique research projects that support the work of the partner organisation.

We have three CDA projects available:

Opening the gates: increasing opportunities for the representation of gender and LGBTQI+ in castles histories.

Nottingham Castles is a museum and art gallery currently undergoing a £30 million redevelopment supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This research project aims to widen participation by researching and embedding gender and LGBTQI+ histories in the historical interpretation of the castle site.

Lead supervisor: Dr Natasha Hodgson

Profit and Loss: Institutional Labour in England and Wales 1913-2004.

The practice-based doctoral project involves archival research and the writing of a thesis, alongside the development of one or more theatre performances in collaboration with Open Theatre.

Lead supervisor: Professor Steven King

Writing the Train: Accounts of Railway Travel

Trains have long been a popular form of transport but the diverse voices of those who travel on them are underrepresented in accounts of railway journeys. This research project recovers the writings of those who are marginalised in dominant literary forms. It asks what railway journeys mean for the overlooked.

Lead supervisor: Professor Tim Youngs

Our NTU Researchers

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

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