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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.


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The Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) is a centre of excellence in archival screen heritage. It specialises in evidence-based and oral history methods to inform ground-breaking interdisciplinary research and RCUK-funded international collaborations. CATHI is home to the cross-faculty Centre for Adaptations and houses a number of unique collections including: the Hammer Script Archive, the Sir Norman Wisdom Collection, the Cinema Museum’s Indian Cinemas Archive, the Palace Pictures and Scala Productions Archive, the Peter Whitehead Archive and (in Special Collections) the papers of screenwriter Andrew Davies and the Anita Anand Zee TV Collection. We host the annual UK Asian Film Festival, the BFI British Silent Film Festival and the post-graduate conference CATHICon, and promote practice-based research via the DocHub@DMU. CATHI invites applications from well-qualified students whose research interests connect with our expertise in:

• Women’s film and television history
• British Cinema and Film Culture
• Italian Cinema
• Transnational Cinema
• Silent Cinema
• Cult Cinema
• Bollywood and Independent Indian Cinema
• Transmedia Adaptations
• Heritage Cinema Culture and Period Television Drama
• Film Ephemera and Material Culture
• Audiences, Reception Studies and Memories of Cinemagoing
• Film Fandom, Fanworks and Social Media
• Film exhibition and Cinema History
• Film Festivals
• Documentary theory and practice
• Screen performance and star studies
• 1960s and the counterculture


deadline 27 November 2019. Applicants for M4C funding must in the first instance apply for a PhD place at DMU via DMU’s Doctoral College. Following internal approval, the online deadline for M4C funding applications is 14 January 2020 (noon). For informal enquiries and advice on developing proposals for CATHI please contact: Professor Justin Smith (

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of M4C’s November application writing workshops, please visit:

The AHRC-funded 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.

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