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Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

2016/2017 £14, 296

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) which was awarded a £17 million Doctoral Training Partnership by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in October 2013. Our partners include The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths College, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. SOAS and Birkbeck College joined the consortium as associate members in 2014.

CHASE is one of only 11 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and the partners have committed an additional £10 million in studentship funding which will allow CHASE to provide AHRC awards to over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across the partner institutions over five years.

CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Further information is available from the CHASE website.


CHASE Studentship Selection Criteria in 2016 was based on the following:
1. Research proposal

  • The proposal is clearly written and demonstrates engagement with an academic field at a high level of sophistication.
  • The project demonstrates original thinking in its field.
  • The methodology proposed clearly demonstrates the viability of the planned research.
  • The planned research is described in a way that inspires confidence that it will definitely be completed within three years.

2. Preparedness for research

  • The applicant demonstrates understanding of appropriate research skills required for successful completion of the project.
  • The applicant has appropriate training at Master's level or equivalent to undertake the project.

3. Suitability of research environment

  • The research environment (as constituted by the proposed supervision, the home department(s) or equivalent, the institutional support (including available archives, sources, research centres), any external organisations) is appropriate to the project.
  • The applicant has given clear thought to the fit between their project and their proposed research environment.
  • The supervisor statement fully supports the project's fit with the proposed research environment.

4. References

  • The references fully support the applicant.
  • The referees fully understand the requirements of doctoral study.


Applications for 2016/17 have now closed.  Further information is available from the CHASE website http://www.chase.ac.uk.

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