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2023 Midlands4Cities Summer School

Telling a Story: An introduction to Research in Arts & Humanities.

Midlands4Cities Summer School 

Telling a Story: An introduction to Research in Arts & Humanities. 

 What is Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)? 

 Midlands4Cities is a partnership of eight universities in the Midlands funded by the Arts and Humanities Research council to offer funding and support PhD research:  https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk/ 

 What is the Midlands4Cities Summer School?  

  • The 2023 Midlands4Cities Summer School is able to offer 16 undergraduates from underrepresented ethnic minority groups the opportunity to join a small cohort for two weeks with the aim of exploring what arts and humanities research is and how research findings can be applied and communicated.  
  • Successful applicants will be paid the Living Wage for 35 hours per week for two weeks via Unitemps. They will be partnered with a mentor from the current M4C PhD community and have the opportunity to learn a range of research skills and present their findings from the two weeks at a final session.  
  • The Summer School will run from Monday 4 September until Friday 15th September.  Over the course of the two weeks there will be an induction in Birmingham, visits to Stratford to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and an opportunity to attend a matinee performance of Macbeth at the RSC.  Attendees will participate in online and in person training and mentoring to enable them to design and develop a short piece of research which they can share via a poster. 
  • Over the course of the summer school, we want to provide the information, tools and space to think about what research is, what skills are needed to carry out successful research and information to think about career opportunities research can offer.  

Full details of the two-week programme are available here: TO BE ADDED

To apply for a place at the summer school you will need to complete the online application form here: TO BE ADDED

Guidance to help you plan and think about your application before entering and submitting your application using the online form. 

Application details: 


Before you apply, please ensure you are eligible and meet the criteria here:  

  • You should be registered as a UK (United Kingdom) (home) student on an arts or humanities undergraduate course at one of the Midlands4Cities universities: University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University, or University of Nottingham. 
  • Be in the middle year of your undergraduate degree (not the final or first year) 
  • Identify as Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic. 
        You will not be eligible if: 
        • You are in your first or last year of your undergraduate degree. 

        • Are registered on your undergraduate University course on a ‘Student Visa’  


        The deadline for application is 12:00 noon 30th June 2023. It will not be possible to submit your application after the deadline. 

         Post application details: 

        • All applications will be read by a small panel and shortlisted for interview. 

        • All outcomes will be communicated to you by email from enquiries@midlands4cities.ac.uk  

        • Interviews will be held online via Teams and will take no more than 20 minutes.  

        • Interview questions will be circulated to shortlisted candidates in advance of the interview. 


        Application Deadline  12 noon 26th June 2023 
        Shortlisting for interviews  By 30th June 2023 
        Unsuccessful candidates informed  w/c 3rd July 2023 
        Interviews to take place  w/c 10th July 2023 
        Successful candidates informed  w/c 17th July 2023 

        Your data will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act (2018). After you have applied, all information from your application will be stored securely and access limited to university employees essential to administering the scholarship. All your responses will be deleted from our records in line with the M4C University’s published records and information retention schedules.