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Midland 4 Cities Funded Studentships

The Call is for Applications to the AHRC Midlands Four Cities funding scheme (for UK/EU applicants)


The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) [Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership] 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 the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham


A number of Centres/Institutes within the institutions named above, are disseminating this information: this post is on behalf of the Institute of Creative Technologies [] at De Montfort University 


M4C is awarding up to 94 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2020 through an open competition and 15 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector


The Institute of Creative Technologies []  

at De Montfort University is inviting applications from students interested in pursuing their doctoral studies in creative technologies-related areas.  


The Institute of Creative Technologies is a home for new ideas, risky play and rapid prototyping.  Since it’s foundation in 2006, the Institute has been bringing together technologists, creative practitioners and researchers across discipline areas to develop truly innovative transdisciplinary creative technologies practice and research.  The IOCT makes and shares new knowledge and expertise, synthesising practice based research with pioneering advances in digital computing, information technologies, creative practice, science and engineering. Work made falls across four interdisciplinary themes; Creativity in the Digital Age, Urban Living, Life-long Wellbeing, and Social Value.


The IOCT comprises of a core team of staff and visiting researchers, a vibrant postgraduate community across MA and PhD, a programme of research projects, events, and activities, a number of key industrial and commercial partners, and strong links with local, national and international creative industries.  You can find out more about our doctoral programmes (traditional and practice-based at


At the IOCT we Make and share new knowledge and expertise in transdisciplinary creative technologies practice. Current areas of expertise include:


  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Creative Computing

  • Digital Arts

  • Holography

  • 3D Imaging

  • Interaction Design

  • The Internet of Things

  • Transmedia

  • Usability and Innovation

  • Virtual, Augmented and Mixed realities

The Institute of Creative Technologies houses a number of smaller transdisciplinary research groups, each with a specific focus, including Creative Artificial Intelligence Group (CAI), The Imaging and Displays Research Group (IDRG) and DAPPer (Digital Arts Performance Practice - emerging research).

If you are interested in applicants for M4C funding must in the first instance apply for a PhD place at De Montfort through DMU’s Doctoral College: (deadline 27 November 2019). 


The overall deadline for M4C funding applications is 14 January 2020 (noon), by which time applicants must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form 


For informal enquiries and advice on developing proposals for the Institute of Creative Technologies please contact: Professor Sophy Smith (


For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of the November application writing workshops, please visit: or contact


We look forward to hearing from you!

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