Faculty of Arts

Midlands4Cities (M4C) PhD funding

Be part of a thriving community of doctoral students producing world-class research.

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  • Studentship funding and enhanced support for professional training
  • Expert supervision within and across our dynamic mix of university partners
  • Networking and collaboration across the Midlands, nationally and internationally
  • Links to leading cultural organisations and creative economy partners

Find out more about the partnership

M4C eligibility

  • Home and International
  • Full and part-time

Applications deadline

Applications for 2021 start are closed. Keep up to date with 2022 start information on the Midlands4Cities website.


Become an M4C student at the University of Nottingham

There are three steps to applying.

Step 1: Find your supervisors

University of Nottingham academics are leading specialists in their fields. They have years of experience in successfully supervising PhD candidates.

You're encouraged to get in touch with potential supervisors as early as possible. They'll be happy to advise on suitability for M4C applications, co-supervisors and writing applications.

You can find out about their specialisations and how well they fit your research interests on our department websites:

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA)

Midlands4Cities also offers a number of existing research projects together with external partners where your supervision team is already set. As well as producing your thesis you also gain first-hand experience of a partner organisation outside the university environment.

For 2021 start there are two with the University of Nottingham as the lead institution:

  • Decolonising the collection: The origins and early history of Nottingham Castle museum (1878-1929)
  • Reconstructing Residential Adult Education: Fircroft College, politics and community, 1970-2020

Find out more about CDAs on the Midlands4 Cities website

PhD student and supervisor

Step 2: Apply to research at the University of Nottingham

You must do this before you apply for M4C AHRC funding as you need your University Applicant ID to submit your M4C form. Our postgraduate study pages give full details on the application process including key dates, eligibility criteria and help to write your research proposal.

How to apply to research at Nottingham

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Step 3: Apply for funding

You do this using the M4C online application portal. Their website provides detailed guidance notes on how to apply for funding, a referees reference form and access to the online application form.

The M4C application process and form

Applications for 2021 start are closed. Keep up to date with 2022 start information on the Midlands4Cities website.



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Research culture

Our Schools and Departments websites provide an overview of the main research areas and projects happening and what it's like to be a PhD researcher here.

American and Canadian Studies

Classics and Archaeology

Cultural, Media and Visual Studies


Geography (cultural)



Modern Lanaguages and Cultures



Politics and International Relations

Theology and Religious Studies

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The University of Nottingham is a world-class research university


Faculty of Arts

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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