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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 2019 are now closed. 

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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 (now closed for 2 019 applications)

Application writing workshops

If you missed one of our application writing workshops in November here's a recording of the joint University of Warwick / Coventry University session - what the M4C is, what we're looking for in candidates and how to apply.