Open Doctoral and Collaborative Doctoral Awards Midlands4Cities 2019-2024


January 14, 2020



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Through our Open Doctoral and Collaborative Doctoral Awards Midlands4Cities will fund and support outstanding research for 460 UK and EU doctoral students between 2019 and 2024.

M4C studentships can be undertaken full-time and part-time.

A studentship consists of three elements:

  • 3.5 years funding for a full-time Open Doctoral Award and 4 years funding for a Collaborative Doctoral Award (a maximum of 7 years and 8 years respectively for part-time study). Payment of approved fees for UK and EU applicants of £4,237 per annum for 2019 entry as set and agreed by UK Research and Innovation (pro-rata for part-time study)
  • A maintenance grant (or stipend) of £15,009 per annum for 2019 entry for UK applicants (pro-rata for part-time study). Where institutional funds allow, M4C may be able to offer a maintenance grant to EU applicants.
  • Additional funding opportunities which include a Research Development Fund to support primary research activities, an Engagement Fund to enable students to undertake placements and other professional development activity and a Cohort Development Fund which supports groups of M4C students to design training, development and research activities.

Eligibility and application process

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 You should read this to ensure that you meet the scheme, subject, residency and academic eligibility requirements. You should either hold a Masters qualification at the time of application or be able to state that you will have completed one by the time your PhD begins (even though the result may not be known and the final examination board may not yet have taken place). You can also apply on the basis of having equivalent relevant professional experience in lieu of a Masters qualification.

For EU applicants, unless you have been living in the UK for 3 years previous to the start of your studentship, EU applicants are awarded an EU fees-only studentship. This is in line with UK Research and Innovation rules. Depending on M4C funds available, however, EU applicants may be offered studentships comprising fees and full stipend. This is not guaranteed but offered wherever possible. EU applicants should therefore submit an application and, if successful, you will be informed of the funding level you have been awarded. UKCISA provides information on tuition fees to help you assess your fee status. This guide should give you a clear idea of whether you have UK or EU student status.

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November 18, 2019
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