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Prepare for Postgraduate Research (PGR) in Arts and Humanities.

This Scheme enables students to receive dedicated support to encourage their career development into postgraduate research (PGR). The scheme forms part of De Montfort University’s routes-in support for the Midlands 4 Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership. 

AHRC subject coverage

AHRC/ESRC overlap   subjects

Interdisciplinary   Areas

  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Cultural and    Museum Studies
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Development Studies
  • Drama and Theatre     Studies
  • History
  • Information and     Communication Studies
  • Languages and Literature
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theology, Divinity and Religion
  • Visual Arts
  • Area Studies
  • Culture, Communication & Media Studies
  • Cultural Policy and   Management
  • Education
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Politics &   International Relations
  • Science and   Technology Studies
  • Social Anthropology
  • Creative   Technologies
  • AI
  • Media



Applications are invited for the 2021-22 academic session, to support mentoring and development towards a PhD application for the Midlands 4 Cities scheme (for either October 2022 or October 2023 entry). This Scheme will support mentoring and preparedness activities for postgraduate research. Funding is available for approximately 10 hours of mentoring to develop a personal development plan. Further financial support (up to £750) is available for activities that support a PhD application, including hosting a workshop, conference attendance, access to specialized resources, and publications. 

It is expected that the mentoring and financial support will be used to bring an application to completion and to support the student in the transition to a PGR career. As such, specific activities should be set out along with key deliverables and timeline. 

Who is eligible?

All registered students will be eligible to apply, including: 

  • UK students/individuals, linked to Arts and Humanities at De Montfort University:

    • Existing arts and humanities students registered at De Montfort University at taught postgraduate level, with an interest in application to the Midlands 4 Cities programme.
    • Incoming students, registered on an arts and humanities masters programme for 2021-22 (or 2021-23 for part time study), with an interest in PGR. 
    • Exceptionally, individuals working with Arts and Humanities faculty, with a career aspiration towards PGR.
    • Students with a developing interest in PGR in one of the Arts and Humanities areas, defined in the table above

Support is encouraged for:

  • Individuals with non-traditional routes to study including:

    • Students who completed college courses, as routes into HE
    • First-generation students at HE
    • Students with interrupted study patterns, to accommodate work, childcare, family, or other commitments.
    • Students who have experienced difficulties in participating in extracurricular academic networking, placements, organized trips, conferences and workshops through study programmers, or access to specialized materials, that supports progression. 

How will applications be assessed? 

The quality and academic impact of potential outputs that can be progressed/ accelerated through a PhD application will be considered, and personal circumstances and EDI will be considered. 

The application will also be assessed on the alignment with the University’s research areas, value for money, and the applicant’s potential and/or track record to realise a PhD application. 

How to apply  

Complete the Prepare for PGR (Arts and Humanities) Application Form

Applications should be sent electronically to by 20th September 2021. Please specify Prepare for PGR Arts and Humanities in the subject line. 


Development plans will be required within two months of starting on the scheme and evidence of PhD application will be required as an outcome. 


12   July 2021

Launch   scheme

20 September 2021

Deadline for applications

Week beginning 11 October                 

Successful applicants informed.

The selection panel will consist of the Director of Research Services, Midlands 4 Cities Site Directors, and Head of EDI (or representative).


Formal M4C Application Process

The application process has two stages:  

Once you have completed stage 1 through the DMU admissions portal please email

To apply for a PhD at De Montfort University (DMU), you are required to complete the following documentation via the admissions portal here:

  • Research Proposal - a helpful guide on what your proposal should include can be found here.

  • Certificates and Transcripts  - scanned copies of your most relevant academic certificates and transcripts will need to be provided.

  • English Language - applicants who require to evidence their English language will need to produce an UKVI IELTS (Academic) known as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate at 6.5 or equivalent, with no component below 5.5 and shall have been taken not more than two years prior to entry OR a copy of a degree from a majority English speaking country (dated within the last 2 years). We do provide a free English examination for applicants and offer holders which can be used in place of an IELTS.  More information about the DMU Academic Test of English (DATE) can be found here.

  • Passport - scanned copy of your passport will need to be provided.  The copy will be of the picture page that shows your passport number and information of your nationality.

  • References - these will be requested as part of your M4C application

Stage 2: The funding application 

The funding for your Doctoral programme must be applied for through the Midlands4Cities website.   

Click here  for a direct link to the funding web page.

Want some help with your application? 

Midlands4Cities have organised several application writing workshops, one in each partner city area. They will provide practical advice on how to plan your application and structure your research proposal.

You are free to attend any of the workshops - you do not have to go to the one in the city where your potential home university is based. 

Further details are here.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.