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Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
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Applications for 2018 entry open 9 October 2017 - 15 January 2018

AHRC funding is open to all UK and EU students, who meet the academic and residency eligibility criteria as detailed in the AHRC Training Grant Funding Guide (PDF).

 

Studentship types and values

Midlands3Cities has two studentship competitions:

  1. Midlands3Cities Open Doctoral Competition
  2. Midlands3Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA)

Both schemes provides studentships to enable you to undertake and complete a doctoral degree. Studentships will normally be for up to three years for full-time study, or up to six years for part-time study.

Full-time studentships  

A full-time studentship awards consist of three parts:

  • Payment of approved fees (as set and agreed by the Research Councils) – currently £4,195p.a. for 2017/18.
  • Maintenance grant (or stipend) for the student – currently £14,553p.a. for 2017 entry.
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) which includes UK / Overseas fieldwork and attendance at conferences (by application only for current PhD students).
  • Collaborative Doctoral Award holders will receive an additional £500 per annum to facilitate partnership working.

EU students, unless they have been living in the UK for 3 years previous to the start of their studentship, are normally awarded an EU studentship. This is in line with Research Council rules.

In the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, we are currently exploring ways in which a stipend could also be provided from institutional funds in order to enable us to offer a fully-funded studentship to EU applicants. This is not guaranteed because it depends on funds available but we hope to be able to offer stipends whenever possible.

Therefore, EU applicants should submit an application and, if successful, will be informed of the funding level of funding they have been awarded. On that basis, they will be able to decide whether to accept the offer or to decline the studentship.

 

Part-time studentships 

A part-time studentship consists of:

  • payment of approved pro-rata part-time fees
  • a pro-rata maintenance grant @ 50% (stipend)
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) which includes UK / Overseas fieldwork and attendance at conferences (by application only for current PhD students).
 

Fees only studentship for EU students 

A fees only studentship consists of:

  • payment of approved fees (as set and agreed by the Research Councils)
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) which includes UK / Overseas fieldwork and attendance at conferences (by application only for current PhD students)
 

International applicants: alternative funding opportunities

AHRC funding in the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership is currently only open to UK and EU students. There are other opportunities for International Students at the partner universities. Please follow the links below for more information:

 
 

Studentship application procedure

Stage one: choose between Open Doctoral Competition and CDA

Open Doctoral Competition: search your potential supervisors

Use the supervisor search to create the most appropriate supervisory team for your research project. The university at which your primary supervisor is based will become your Home University.

Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA): select your project

Read the project description and contact  the named lead academic supervisor to find out more information. The university at which the lead supervisor is based will become your Home University.


Stage two: for both awards apply for a place to study at your chosen M3C institution

Application form

Make your application to your home M3C university using their own institutional application procedures:  

Birmingham City University

De Montfort University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Birmingham

University of Leicester

University of Nottingham

Academic references

You must ensure that two academic references have been submitted on the correct M3C reference form below. Deadline 15 January 2018.

Birmingham City University

De Montfort University

Nottingham Trent University 

University of Birmingham

University of Leicester

University of Nottingham

Applicant ID number

Your chosen institution will send you an Applicant ID number; you will be able to start, but not complete stage three without this number.

 

Stage three: apply for funding

For both the Open Doctoral Competition and Collaborative Doctoral Award apply for funding through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. You are advised to start your application for funding at the same time as you apply to study at your Home University. You will not be able to submit your application for funding until you have received your applicant ID from your Home University.The Midlands3Cities application form includes equal opportunities data which will not be used in consideration of your application.

Download a copy of the online form. This is for information only: you will still need to apply online

 

 

You can also attend one of our three application writing workshops

Application writing workshops

The workshops are aimed at potential students who are planning to submit an application for PhD research to Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Practical advice will be given on how to plan your application and structure your research proposal.

Location: Birmingham – Saturday 11 November
Host: University of Birmingham, Muirhead Tower, 13.00 - 16.00

Location: Leicester – Saturday 18 November
Host: University of Leicester, LT3 Attenborough Seminar Block, 13.00 - 16.00

Location: Nottingham  Saturday 18 November
Host: Nottingham Trent University, LT4 Newton Building 13.30 - 16.00

 

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Email: enquiries@midlands3cities.ac.uk