AHRC PhD Studentships - Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

PhD studentship funding for Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven research projects

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The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the University of Leicester is pleased to announce AHRC funding for UK and EU arts and humanities research students.

M4C funding applications open on Monday 8 October 2018

Register your interest for 2019


The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.

This is a collaboration between  University of Leicester,  University of Nottingham,  University of Birmingham, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University,  Birmingham City University, University of Warwick and University of Coventry and will provide research candidates with enhanced mentoring, subject, and skills training (including cross-institutional training), and support in preparing for a career.

The University of Leicester is keen to receive applications from prospective research students looking to complete a PhD with research focusing around Arts and Humanities topics which are available to receive funding from the AHRC

2019 Studentships

Midlands4Cities has two Studentship Competition Schemes for 2019:

1. Midlands4Cities Open Doctoral Award

2. Midlands4Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA)




Application Workshop

How to apply


Subject Areas


Students undertaking a degree in a department outside of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are able to receive funding if their research is focused around a Arts and Humanities topic.

Applications for 2019 are now closed.   See Midlands4Cities

Leicester has significant research quality in many areas of the Arts and Humanities, with particularly notable strength in depth in Ancient History, Archaeology, English, History and Museum Studies and areas of excellence in History of Art and Film Studies, Law and Modern Languages. There are a number of major research centres that also underpin our research community (for instance, Historical Archaeology, Holocaust Studies, Medieval Studies, Urban History, Victorian Studies). Cross-disciplinary links within the institution are encouraged wherever appropriate (for instance with Geography, Politics or Media and Communication) and being part of the Midlands4Cities consortium is also opening up new and exciting possibilities for applicants wishing to do PhD research with us.

Read profiles of some of our current PhD students funded by Midlands3Cities.


For more information about the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and for details of eligibility, funding, and research supervision areas please visit the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership website or contact enquiries@midlands4cities.ac.uk

For any specific University of Leicester enquiries, please contact the University of Leicester's Midlands4Cities Site Directors.

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