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AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK/International applicants: Creative and Heritage Industries

De Montfort University

AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK/International applicants

Creative and Heritage Industries

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between De Montfort University, the University of Leicester, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

M4C is awarding up to 93 doctoral studentships for UK and international applicants for 2022 entry and 16 Collaborative Doctoral Awards. De Montfort University is welcoming proposals that align with its international excellence in Creative and Heritage Industries research across 17 centres of excellence. We especially invite doctoral applications to connect with our excellence in: 

  • Material cultures, including costumes, design, textiles
  • Emotional intersections of circular fashion
  • Hidden cultures, history and heritage values
  • UK film and creative industries
  • Visual digital heritage and heritage film
  • Identity, people and embodied culture in place-making
  • Regional theatre, cinemas and arts
  • Theatre and education
  • Arts festivals
  • International sport history through archives and on British newsreels
  • Bollywood and Regional Indian cinema
  • Women’s film and television history
  • History of migration
  • Photographic history research
  • Creative writing practice research
  • Screen, literary and transmedia adaptations and literary heritage
  • Holography, especially as an artistic medium
  • Sonic creativity and new musical expression
  • Immersive storytelling, digital storytelling and future audiences
  • AI Art
  • Black cultural and historical studies
  • Race, gender and coloniality

De Montfort University is home to the annual Cultural Exchanges Festival, the UK Asian Film Festival, the BFI British Silent Film Festival, and a number of significant archives, including the Andrew Davies, Andrew Logan, Hammer Studios Script, Sir Norman Wisdom, Peter Whitehead, Anita Anand and Palace Pictures/Scala archives. Leicester Media School boasts extensive industry links, including with Channel 4 and Pinewood Studios. Our prestigious Stephen Lawrence Research Centre cements the University’s interest in race across several creative and heritage disciplines, including visual and performing arts, history, politics, and social justice. Our internationally renowned institutes in Music Technology, AI, and Creative Technologies provide a rich technical basis for innovation and research in music, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality, underpinning successful international collaborations with industry. Our School of Fashion and Architectural School are among the oldest and most successful in the UK.

Collectively, DMU offers a dynamic doctoral experience in arts and humanities, supported by a research council, with dedicated, state-of-the-art facilities across campus, and public engagement opportunities to support profile and career development.

For informal enquiries and advice, please contact Professor Rachel Granger ( or see our website for further details M4C DMU . Applicants must in the first instance apply for a PhD at DMU via the DMU’s Doctoral College:DMU Doctoral College (deadline 3 December 2021), with a second-stage deadline for M4C funding (12 January 2022).

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of further support, please visit: contact

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Leicester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: please see advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th October 2021
Closes: 3rd December 2021
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