Midlands4Cities (M4C) AHRC PhD funding
Be part of a thriving community of doctoral students producing world-class research.
- 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
- Home and International
- Full and part-time
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 offers a number of existing research projects in conjunction 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.
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
Step 3: Apply for M4C AHRC 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 deadline 13 January 2021
Application writing workshops
Find out what makes a good application for the Midlands4Cities PhD funding partnership.
You can any attend any event, but the afternoon content will be tailored to the specific institutions.
University of Nottingham- 7 November
De Montfort University and University of Leicester – 7 November
Nottingham Trent University- 7 November
Birmingham City and University of Birmingham- 14 November
Coventry University and University of Warwick- 14 November
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
Modern Lanaguages and Cultures
Politics and International Relations
Theology and Religious Studies
The University of Nottingham is a world-class research university