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CHASE, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

For 2018/19, the funding will consist of a fee waiver at the Home/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend of £14,777 per year.

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, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. SOAS and Birkbeck, University of London 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 for 2018 is based on the following:

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. 

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 
  • The applicant’s references fully support the applicant’s preparedness for doctoral study

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. 

How to apply

New students wishing to be considered for these scholarships
must apply
for a PhD place at the University of Kent
 by 10 January 2018 at the
latest. Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic
members of staff in the relevant schools as soon as possible. Any current PhD
students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding should contact their School
Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes) to
advise them of this as soon as possible or by 10 January 2018 at the very
latest. CHASE will fund up to 75 doctoral studentships for admission in 2018.


The closing date for 2018/19 has now passed. Details for 2019/20 will be published when available.

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