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How to apply to the M4C

How to apply

AHRC funding is open to all UK and EU students who meet the academic and residency eligibility criteria as detailed in the M4C Application Guidance notes.

Once you have chosen to apply for either the  Open Doctoral Award (using the  supervisor search to build your supervisory team) or an advertised  Collaborative Doctoral Award project you are ready to start your funding application.

For both doctoral routes there are three stages to the application process.

Applications for M4C funding close at noon on Monday 14 January 2019 for 2019 entry.


book iconStage 1 - Read and understand the application guidance notes

These include eligibility criteria, study options, stipend rates and instructions on how to complete the M4C application form.

If you are unsure about anything within the guidance notes please don't hesitate to contact the M4C central team.

notepad iconStage 2 - Apply for a place at an M4C university

You need to apply to study at an M4C university using their own application procedures. You should apply to the university where your lead academic supervisor is based.

You must do this before applying for M4C funding as you will need your University Applicant ID to submit the M4C form.

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keyboard iconStage 3 - Submit the M4C application form

Applications for both Open and Collaborative Doctoral Awards use the same application form.

You must use the online application form - paper-based applications will not be accepted.

Full guidance on completing the application form is in the  application guidance notes.


Your two referees should submit their references using the M4C online reference form.

M4C application form 

Application writing workshops

We have organised four application writing workshops, one in each partner city area. They will provide practical advice on how to plan your application and structure your research proposal.

You are free to attend any of the workshops - you do not have to go to the one in the city where your potential home university is based.

m4c application writing workshops

Coventry - Saturday 17 November

Birmingham - Saturday 17 November

Leicester - Saturday 10 November

Nottingham - Saturday 10 November