Archaeology and Ancient History

Midlands4Cities PhD funding opportunity

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AHRC Midlands4Cities (M4C) PhD funding for UK applicants

2023/24 applications have now closed and award decisions will be made at the start of April 2024.

There will be a new, but final, found of M4C PhD funding applications opening in October 2024. Please revisit this page as well at the M4C website at this time.

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.

Through our Open Doctoral and Collaborative Doctoral Awards Midlands4Cities will fund and support outstanding research for 86 doctoral researchers across the breadth of Arts and Humanities starting in October 2024

There are 70 PhD studentships available through an open competition and M4C is also awarding 16 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) which provide diverse and unique project opportunities with national, regional, and local partner organisations. UK, EU, and International applicants are eligible for both routes for 2024 entry.  Further details on the funding provided are available on the M4C website. 

If you have any questions, please talk to your University Site Directors: Dr Isobel Whitelegg ( and Dr Claire Brock (; and PGR Tutor, Prof Neil Christie (

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects and workshops, please visit: or contact

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