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:
Our studentships are available to scholars applying across arts and humanities subjects. Participating schools and departments at our University are:
We will be hosting an online workshop and Q&A session for all potential applicants and supervisors on Wednedsay18 October 2023 at 12.30 – 1.30pm. You can join the online workshop via Zoom. The workshop will be delivered by Dr Lisa Smith (Faculty Dean Postgraduate for Arts and Humanities) and Laura Ruddick (Senior Postgraduate Research Education Manager). It will be an opportunity for you to hear about the CHASE studentship application, recruitment and selection process, and to get advice on writing your studentship application.
The workshop will be recorded and will be available on request. Please ask the PGR Administrator in the department to which you are applying, or email the PGRE Team for more information.
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:
Applications for CHASE Studentships will open on Monday 9 October 2023. CHASE studentship applications will need to be submitted using the CHASE application form on SM Apply. The deadline for applications to be submitted on SM Apply is 12 noon (midday) on Friday 26 January 2024.
In addition to your CHASE Studentship application, you must also apply for your place on the relevant PhD course at Essex, using the online application form. The deadline for you to have applied for a place on your course at Essex in order to be considered for a CHASE application is 12pm (GMT) on Monday 8 January 2024.
You can already start thinking about and drafting the key aspects of your application; you can outline your research proposal, plans and timeline for completion. Your supervisor will be able to offer you advice about how best to do this.
You can also start on your personal statement, which should address the following key questions; why are you applying for this studentship; why are you the best person for this research project; how are you and your proposed supervisors the best fit; why CHASE and how will the CHASE studentship enable you to achieve what you are proposing?
The deadline for submission of your online applications for a CHASE Studentship is 12pm (GMT) (midday) on Friday 26 January 2024.
The deadline for you to have applied for a place on your course at Essex in order to be considered for a CHASE application is 12pm (GMT) (midday) on Monday 8 January 2024.
To further support applications for CHASE studentships, we are offering the opportunity for Essex applicants to submit a draft application for “first-look-feedback”. The draft application will need to be submitted to Laura Ruddick (Senior Postgraduate Research Education Manager) by midday on Tuesday 5 December 2024. Feedback will be provided within 14 days of the deadline.
What's the selection process for studentship competitions?
After the CHASE studentship submission deadline (12pm (GMT) (midday) on Friday 26 January 2024) applications pass through an internal University selection process, before a decision is made whether to nominate particular applications to CHASE, for consideration at the relevant CHASE Panels. We are able to nominate 17 high-quality applications across the range of discipline areas. Applications put forward to these panels are considered alongside applications from other CHASE partner institutions.
You will be notified at the point we nominate the final 17 applications from Essex (8 March 2023) whether or not you have been successful at that stage.
The final selection phase, conducted by the CHASE Management Board, will be held in late March, and you will be notified by mid-April whether you have been awarded a CHASE student-led studentship.
The selection criteria used to assess applications across all panels, degree types and at all levels of the selection process is:
1. Research proposal (50%) (evidence: Research proposal, supervisor statement)
2. Preparedness for research (25%) (evidence: academic record, professional achievements, Widening Participation Statement, references)
3. Suitability of research environment (25%) (evidence: Research proposal, supervisor statement)