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Be part of a thriving community of doctoral students

M4C’s commitment to postgraduate training and support offers students creative opportunities to develop skills and attributes for research, life and work. Our vision is to be a major catalyst for arts and humanities postgraduate research in the Midlands and beyond.  
Place of Tenure: Students are required to be resident in the UK for the majority of their studies. The student must live within a reasonable travel time of their Research Organisation or collaborative organisation to ensure that they are able to maintain regular contact with their department and their supervisor. This is to ensure that the student is not isolated and receives the full support, mentoring, training and access to facilities required to complete their research successfully and to a high standard. The only exceptions to these requirements are to cover periods of absence that are an essential part of their study e.g., fieldwork, study visits or conference attendance. 


Through our Open Doctoral and Collaborative Doctoral Awards Midlands4Cities will fund and support outstanding research for up to 76 doctoral researchers across the breadth of Arts and Humanities starting in October 2024. We support discipline-based and interdisciplinary research and creative practice projects. M4C studentships can be undertaken full-time and part-time. A full-time Open Doctoral Award receives 3.5 years funding as standard; a full-time Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) receives 4 years funding (a maximum of 7 years and 8 years respectively for part-time study).

Awards for UK residents cover UK tuition fees and provide a stipend at the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate. AHRC/UKRI funding is open to International applicants and Midlands4Cities are able to offer a limited number of awards to international student. All international students are eligible for tuition fees at the UK rate and a stipend to support living costs. UKRI (AHRC) funding will not cover international fees set by universities. For further details please read the UKRI Guidance: International Eligibility.

Some of the M4C universities can offer funding towards the international fee rate, check with the university you are applying to for a place to study to find out.

A studentship consists of three elements: