Funding and benefits

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) provides combined research expertise for the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. 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, and you will have access to a wide range of facilities and support networks across our campuses.

Funding support
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.

The overall Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Funding is for £14.6M in order to provide 410 studentships over a five year period starting in the 2014/15 academic year.

More information about funding can be found here

Studentship application eligibility
AHRC funding is open to all UK and EU students, who meet the academic andresidency eligibility criteria as detailed in the AHRC studentship guidelines, section 7 (page 60) and annex A (page 92).

  • Key benefits:
    Access a dynamic mix of pre-92 and post-92 universities, enabling the development of a new kind of arts and humanities scholar who can cross traditional binary divisions of theoretical versus applied research.
  • We have institutional partnerships across three major cities – Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham – and a strong  footprint in combining a rich blend of heritage and future-focused universities and enterprises.
  • There is a focus on international mobility, capitalising on existing relationships and resources (including international campuses) offering all students the opportunity to study at a non-UK archive or HEI, or work with an industry partner student ‘Skills Cheque’ to capitalise on established industry links and capabilities relevant to 21st-century learning.
  • There are carefully planned routes in to and out of doctoral study including Pre-PhD and Post-PhD Voucher Schemes, and an ‘Employability Passport’ which provides aftercare and opportunities for moving in to and out of HE to actively support career choices and pathways.
  • Interdisciplinarity linked to the training offer, themed clusters and an annual MidlandsFestival of Postgraduate Research, enabling students to learn to work in teams and as collaborators across disciplines and across the consortium
  • 1:1 funding match, generating critical mass (a total of 410 studentships) and strong research and training networks across the DTP.
  • Access the Virtual Postgraduate Platform, offering harmonisation of training underpinned by a clear set of pedagogical principles focusing on participant-driven learning.


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