Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in UK

Deadline: 15 January 2018
Open to: UK and EU applicants
Scholarship: GBP 14,296 + course fees


Applicants are invited for Midlands3Cities fully funded PhD scholarships in the field of Arts and Design, Media and Cultural Studies, English, Music or Law. The UK and EU students get a fully funded PhD, plus get extra money for living expenses through the Midlands3Cities Arts and Humanities scholarships.

The aim of the scholarship is to support research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

Midlands3Cities is an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) between the universities of the three cities of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham in the Midlands.


  • AHRC funding is open to all UK and EU students;
  • Every student, their subject, the course of study, and the RO at which they are studying must meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Conditions of Research Council Training Grants (opens in new window) and RCUK Training Grant Guide (opens in new window), along with any scheme-specific guidance. Information on the AHRC’s subject domain can be found in Section 7 of the AHRC’s Research Funding Guide (opens in new window);
  • The decision on eligibility for a full award or fees-only award based on residency must be taken by the award holder in discussion with the RO(s) in the consortium and in accordance with the Research Councils’ Terms and Conditions (TGC 6). Please do not contact the AHRC for advice or a decision on particular cases as our staff are unable to provide advice on this issue;
  • In terms of academic eligibility, a student should have gained an undergraduate degree (usually a Honours degree, such as a BA, BMus, BSc, LLB or equivalent) from a recognized RO, or be an undergraduate expecting to graduate prior to the studentship being taken up. Other qualifications should be considered only exceptionally;
    If the student subsequently fails to gain an undergraduate degree, they are not entitled to receive AHRC studentship funding.
  • Students without an undergraduate degree may be considered for an AHRC studentship only if they are able to demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study. In addition, those applying for a doctoral studentship should normally have or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification. Where a student is studying for a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification, they should have met all the course requirements prior to the start date of their AHRC doctoral studentship;
  • If a student does not have experience of formal postgraduate study, they may be eligible for a studentship only if they can demonstrate evidence of sustained experience beyond undergraduate degree level that is specifically relevant to their proposed research topic, and could be considered equivalent to Master’s study. The RO must have evidence as to how the training and development the student has received is equivalent to that obtained through a Master’s course and, therefore, prepares them to continue to doctoral study.


The Doctoral Training Partnership can provide stipend funding of up to GBP 14,296 plus your course fees covered if you take one of our PhDs in Arts and Design, Media and Cultural Studies, English, Music or Law.

How to Apply?

  • You must submit two academic references and apply for Midlands 3 Cities funding on the Midlands3Cities website.
  • We advise starting your funding application at the same time as your PhD application. However, you will not be able to submit your funding application until you have received your applicant ID.

In order to apply fill the application form.

For more information please visit the official website.

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