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The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, offers you cross-institutional supervision, training, mentoring and career support to ensure that you produce world-leading research and maximise your career potential.

The Midlands3Cities DTP is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City. The Doctoral Training Partnerships is in the final year of its five year duration and is awarding up to 80 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships through an Open Doctoral competition and 7 Collaborative Doctoral awards for UK/EU applications for 2018 entry.

Through the partnership we aim to deliver excellence in all aspects of research supervision and training. We will assist you in acquiring the best supervision for your field of research, you will have access to a wide range of facilities and support networks across our campuses.

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The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Scheme provides studentships for doctoral degrees.  The scholarship scheme is now available for entry in October 2018.  Studentships will usually be for up to three years for full-time study, or up to six years for part-time study.

Please use these Guidance Notes to help you make your application.


Funding is available to UK/EU students who meet the academic eligibility criteria as detailed in the AHRC studentship guidelines. Funding is available for full-time or part-time study.

EU students are generally eligible for a “Fees Only Award”.  However, if you have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the beginning of your studies, you may be eligible for a “Full Award”

The application process is supported by The Graduate School office (GSO), which you can contact by emailing:


The application process has two stages: 
Stage 1: The De Montfort University application 

To initially apply to undertake a doctoral degree at DMU for an October 2017 intake, please complete the following forms:

Please return the completed forms to along with copies of your most relevant degree certificate and transcripts, a research proposal, and evidence of English language proficiency if your first language is not English.


Stage 2: The funding application

The funding for your Doctoral programme must be applied for through the Midlands3Cities consortia.  Click here for a direct link to the funding web page.

What happens next

The University will consider all applications and decide which applications will go forward to the next stage of the process.  The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will assess funding applications from the six Universities and will decide which students will receive funding awards.

It is hoped that applicants will be notified of the outcome of their AHRC application before the end of April 2018.

If you are unsuccessful

Of course we hope you will be successful in your AHRC application for funding, however if you are not successful your offer for a place on a PhD research programme at DMU will not be dependent on your receiving the AHRC funding.


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