Midlands4Cities Open Doctoral Award

Qualification: PhD

Departments: Archaeology and Ancient History School of Criminology English Geography History History of Art and Film Leicester Law School Media and Communication Modern Languages Museum Studies

Application deadline: To be confirmed for 2021 entry

Start date: September 2021

The Midlands4Cities Open Doctoral Award applications are now closed for 2020

The 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. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), this is a collaboration between the University of Leicester, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, and University of Coventry, and will provide research candidates with enhanced mentoring, subject, and skills training (including cross-institutional training), and support in preparing for a career.

The University of Leicester is keen to receive applications from prospective research students looking to complete a PhD with research focusing around Arts and Humanities topics, which are available to receive funding from the AHRC.

Our Open Doctoral Awards are student-led, and we invite high-quality applications within any disciplinary and interdisciplinary area of the arts and humanities. You will:

  • Agree a research proposal with academic supervisors within the M4C partnership, with the potential to build cross-institutional supervisory teams to maximise fit and expertise.
  • Be accepted for study at a particular institution (your ‘home’ university).
  • Produce a quality thesis and take advantage of personal, professional, and career development opportunities through M4C’s commitment to ‘quality thesis plus’.

In addition to the Open Doctoral Award, M4C also offer an alternative Collaborative Doctoral Award in which you will work with an external partner. 

Duration of study
The normal maximum award tenure is 3.5 years (42 months) for full-time study and six years (72 months) for part-time study. These periods can be extended if you make a case to the AHRC. You can do this as part of your AHRC M4C application.

Advice and support with your application
There is advice and support with your application is available at one of the writing workshops aimed at potential students who are planning to submit an application for PhD research to Midlands4Cities. To be confirmed for 2021 entry.

Consult the application guidance notes.

Contact the M4C central team if there is anything you are unsure of in the guidance notes.