Doctoral Training Partnerships

CHASE: Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England

The Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) is an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership, providing funding and training opportunities to the next generation of world-leading arts and humanities scholars.

Essex is one of the 8 world-leading institutions that comprise the membership of the CHASE DTP:

  • Essex 
  • Birkbeck (University of London) 
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Kent
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • University of Sussex
  • Goldsmiths (University of London)
  • SOAS (University of London)

Workshop for CHASE applicants 

Following the success of last year's online workshop, we will again host an online workshop and Q&A session for all potential applicants and supervisors on Tuesday 26 October at 12 - 1pm. You can join the online workshop via Zoom.

 The workshop will be recorded and will be available on request. Please ask the Graduate Administrator in the department to which you are applying, or email the PGRE Team.

What does the studentship provide?

You will receive subject-specific and advanced training, whilst undertaking your research in an innovative, ground-breaking and empowering research environment, amongst our thriving postgraduate community. You will also be provided with opportunities to attend world-class training, attending and presenting at conferences and events, academic publishing and work placement opportunities.

CHASE Studentship Funding supports both full-time and part-time study and covers:

  • Fully-funded studentships: a tax-free maintenance stipend to cover your living costs, this is set at £15,609 per year
  • Fees: whether you have home or international fee status, you will not have to pay university tuition fees during your studentship funding period


Are you eligible?

UKRI has relaxed its residential eligibility rules. Now, regardless of whether you are a "home" applicant or an "international" applicant, you can apply for a studentship. However, there is a cap on numbers, as only up to 30% of studentship awards can be made to international applicants. 

To be classed as a home student, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or 
  • have settled status, or
  • have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If you do not meet the criteria above, you are classed as an international student. 

Further guidance on residential eligibility is provided in the UKRI Guidance.

Applicants will hold an undergraduate degree, and will normally have a Master’s degree, or be studying for one. However, CHASE also welcomes applications from candidates with sustained experience beyond their undergraduate degree level that is specifically relevant to their proposed research topic.

CHASE has produced an informative online application guidance.

How to apply

Applications for CHASE Studentships will open on 17 October. The deadline is 12noon on Friday 28 January 2022.

In addition to your CHASE Studentship application, you must also apply for your place on the relevant course at Essex. The deadline for you to have applied for a place on your course at Essex is 12pm (GMT) before midnight on 5 January 2022.

PhD Studentships are available on a full-time or part-time basis. We strongly encourage you to contact the School or Department you wish to apply to at the earliest opportunity in order to discuss your research proposal and potential supervision arrangements.

This is particularly important in order to give supervisors enough time to assist in the development of your application to ensure the best chance of success. Please note that you will need to discuss your application with the department to which you are applying for a place of study. The department will provide you with an access code for you to commence the application process.

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