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 

We hosted an online workshop and Q&A session for all potential applicants and supervisors on Monday 2 November 2020. The slides from this session are 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 £15,285 per year
  • Fees: students will not have to pay university tuition fees


Are you eligible?

UKRI has recently announced that it is changing its residential eligibility rules. Now, regardless of whether you are a "home" applicant or an "international" applicant, you can apply for a studentship. However, they are applying 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 Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant 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 are open now. The deadline is 9am on Monday 25 January 2021. 

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.

Applying online

The deadline for submission of your online applications for a CHASE Studentship is 9am, Monday 25 January 2021.

You must apply for a PhD place as well as applying for our studentships. The deadline by which you must have applied for a place at Essex is Monday 11 January 2021.

Applications for PhD study at our University can take up to six weeks to process, so please submit your PhD application well in advance of the CHASE application deadline. 

What is the selection process?

After the submission deadline, applications pass through an internal University selection process, before a decision is made whether to nominate particular applications to the relevant CHASE Selection Panel. Applications put forward to these panels are considered alongside applications from other CHASE partner institutions.

The final selection phase, conducted by the CHASE Management Board, will be held at the beginning of April each year, and you will be notified by mid-April whether you have been awarded a CHASE student-led studentship.


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