Archaeology and Ancient History

Midlands4Cities PhD funding opportunity

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AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK/EU applicants – 2020/21 competition open NOW

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/EU applicants for 2021 entry through an open competition and 21Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

The School of Archaeology & Ancient History here at the University of Leicester is inviting applications from students (current MA, graduated, mature, professional) whose research interests connect with our fields of expertise in the School. Please explore our research theme pages and staff profiles to see the wide range of expertise, specialisms and interests that we offer. If keen, do make contact soon with potential supervisors - this will enable you to put together a stronger research proposal for the competition.

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 13 January 2021 (noon), by which time applicants must have applied for a place to study and ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities 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: or contact

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