Archaeology and Ancient History

Midlands4Cities PhD funding opportunity

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AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK applicants – 2023/24 competition now open

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 (

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 10 January 2024 (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 the November application writing workshops, please visit: or contact

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