Midlands4Cities Collaborative Awards 2022
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.
Our Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are co-designed between an M4C university and an external partner organisation. CDAs offer a project with established research aims, responding to particular needs in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.
Supervisory teams are pre-established and are made up of academics from the M4C partnership and a member of the external partner organisation.
A Collaborative Doctoral Award allows you to:
Produce a quality thesis under expert academic and partner supervision.
Gain first-hand experience of partner organisations outside the university environment.
Enhance employability and skills through development opportunities in line with M4C’s commitment to ‘quality thesis plus'.
In addition to the Collaborative Doctoral Award, M4C also offer an alternative Open Doctoral Award in which you will design your own project.
Duration of study
The normal maximum award tenure is 4 years (48 months) for full-time study and seven years (84 months) for part-time study.
Advice and support with your application
Application writing workshops
There is advice and support to help you with your application available at one of the online writing workshops aimed at potential students who are planning to submit an application for PhD research to Midlands4Cities.
The online Application Writing Workshop for Leicester applicants will be held on Saturday 6th November. Please book your place using the Eventbrite booking system
Consult the application guidance notes.
Contact the M4C central team if there is anything you are unsure of in the guidance notes.